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Jets coach Todd Bowles on Tom Brady-less Patriots: ‘Jimmy Garoppolo can play’

07.26.16 at 12:58 pm ET
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Mark the Jets as one team that’s not taking Jimmy Garoppolo lightly.

Asked Monday about the possibility of Tom Brady’s absence opening the door for them in the AFC East, the Jets said all the right things.

“(Jimmy) Garoppolo can play,” New York coach Todd Bowles told the Daily News. “They don’t worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It’s theirs until somebody takes it from them.

“They got a good team,” Bowles added. “It’s not just us. It’s everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They’re a tough team. They’re a tough out. They’ve had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There’s a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They’ve found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to.”

Are the Patriots more vulnerable now without Brady for the first quarter of the season?

”I don’t know,” said New York defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. “I don’t like playing the Patriots when (Brady is) not on the field. I like knocking the top dogs off their chair. Personally, I like the challenge. I like going against the best.  He’s one of the best. Probably the best to ever play.”

That’s not to suggest that Richardson has gone soft on the prospect of his division rivals.

“Just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean I have to be disrespectful to them,” he said.

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Report: Tom Jackson likely out at ESPN

07.26.16 at 10:41 am ET
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There have already been a few changes to ESPN’s NFL programming this season with the addition of Randy Moss and now it appears there will be another shake up.

According to the New York Daily News, analyst Tom Jackson is likely out at the network after 28 years.

Once source told the paper he is weighing his options, while another said the odds of him returning are “long.”

Following last season ESPN parted ways with Mike Ditka (he remains with ESPN in a limited capacity), Cris Carter, and Keyshawn Johnson. There are also reports that this will be Chris Berman’s last season with the network as well.

In addition to Moss, ESPN has hired Matt Hasselbeck, and Charles Woodson for their NFL shows this season.

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07.25.16 at 9:23 pm ET
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Patriots place 7 on physically unable to perform list, including Julian Edelman

07.25.16 at 6:21 pm ET
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Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Clay Harbor, Tre’ Jackson, Dion Lewis, Shaq Mason and Sebastian Vollmer were all placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Patriots, according to Monday’s NFL transaction wire.

No big surprises here, as some of them were slowed by injury at the end of the 2015 season (like Lewis), while others had offseason surgeries or procedures (like Edelman) and missed portions of the spring workouts.

The PUP list allows players who are unable to start training camp the ability to sit out until the medical staff provides clearance. Once they are medically cleared, they’re allowed to practice immediately. For the players who start training camp on the list, they will be eligible for the reserve PUP list at the start of the regular season — as long as they have never been removed from the Active PUP list during training camp.

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In wake of NFL decision on Peyton Manning, NFLPA issues statement

07.25.16 at 12:02 pm ET
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In the wake of the NFL’s decision to clear Peyton Manning in the Al-Jazeera/HGH case, the NFLPA has issued a statement.

“As a former player, Peyton Manning is free to do whatever he believes is in his best interest. The Union knows that he understands the rights of players under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and would never do anything to hurt or undermine active players in support of those rights.”

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NFL: No evidence Peyton Manning used HGH or any other PED

07.25.16 at 11:07 am ET
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The NFL has apparently cleared Peyton Manning.

According to a report from ESPN, a seven-month probe by the league has found that Manning did not use HGH nor any other PED.

In a controversial report from Al-Jazeera America last year, the former Broncos quarterback was accused of having human growth hormone shipped to his house. The allegations were made by Charlie Sly, a former anti-aging clinic intern who was secretly videotaped as part of the documentary. Manning has consistently denied the charges.

UPDATE: The league has issued a statement.

“Following a comprehensive seven-month investigation into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America, the NFL found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with or used HGH or other substances prohibited by the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, it was announced today. The Mannings were fully cooperative with the investigation and provided both interviews and access to all records sought by the investigators. Initiated in January, the investigation was led by the NFL’s security and legal teams with support from expert consultants and other professionals. The investigation involved witness interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials, online research, and laboratory analysis and review. Separately, the NFL’s investigation continues into the documentary’s allegations made against other NFL players, which involve different lines of inquiry and witnesses.”

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Poll: What member of the Patriots’ rookie class will make the biggest contribution in 2016?

07.25.16 at 10:33 am ET
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