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Atlanta, South Florida, Los Angeles named future Super Bowl sites

05.25.16 at 7:00 am ET
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Following a series of votes at the spring meetings on Tuesday, here are the sites for the next five Super Bowls:

Super Bowl LI (2017): Houston
Super Bowl LII (2018): Minnesota
Super Bowl LIII (2019): Atlanta
Super Bowl LIV (2020): South Florida
Super Bowl LV (2021): Los Angeles

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Roger Goodell: ‘Really not focused’ on Tom Brady petition

05.24.16 at 7:51 pm ET
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Roger Goodell said at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday that he was “really not focused” on Tom Brady’s recent petition for a rehearing regarding his four-game suspension.

Asked about the recent decision of Brady’s legal team to appeal the ban, Goodell said he understood the decision made by the NFLPA, but that’s not where his attention is right now.

“I respect the NFLPA’s ability to appeal if they choose to do that,” Goodell said. “They did. That’s a matter for the lawyers. We’ll see how things progress. But I’m really not focused on that at all.”

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Robert Kraft laments league handling of Deflategate while showing support for QB Tom Brady

05.24.16 at 7:28 pm ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft lamented the NFL’s handling of Deflategate on Tuesday, saying the “whole thing has been mishandled” while expressing support for Tom Brady.

“We’ve been behind [Brady]. The whole thing has been mishandled in my opinion,” Kraft told NFL Media’s Judy Battista while at the league meetings. “It’s unfortunate and we hope he prevails.”

On Monday, Brady’s legal team filed for a rehearing of his suspension case against the NFL before the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

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Larry Fitzgerald ‘wouldn’t shed any tears’ if Tom Brady misses Week 1, but hopes he plays Week 2

05.24.16 at 2:54 pm ET
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Larry FItzgerald wouldn't mind Tom Brady missing Week 1. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Larry FItzgerald wouldn’t mind Tom Brady missing Week 1. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It will be an exciting season opener in Arizona Sept. 11 with the Patriots taking on the Cardinals, highlighted by Chandler Jones facing his old team.

New England may or may not have quarterback Tom Brady as he could be suspended the first four games because of Deflategate.

Although they are friendly, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would prefer Brady misses the game, as that would obviously benefit the home team.

“C’mon man. I think that’s a pretty easy question to answer,” Fitzgerald said Tuesday. “I love Tom. That’s my man but if he doesn’t play I wouldn’t shed any tears. I’d love to see him back the next week though.”

Brady and Fitzgerald both appear on Westwood One with Jim Gray on Monday Night Football’s pregame show.

If Brady is suspended, he would miss games against Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo — the final three being at home.

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Changes to NFL instant replay system pass at NFL owners’ meetings

05.24.16 at 2:21 pm ET
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The NFL replay system will be tweaked a bit for the 2016 season as a few new rules passed at the NFL owners’ meetings on Tuesday.

The offices in New York will be able to have more of an impact, which began in the playoffs last season.

From the proposal: The Replay Official and designated members of the Officiating Department at the League office may consult with the on-field officials to provide information on the correct application of playing rules, including appropriate assessment of penalty yardage, proper down, and status of the game clock.

More plays and situations will be reviewable, including penalty enforcement, proper down, spot of a foul and status of the game clock. This means penalties will be able to be reviewed — such as missed false starts — and also mistakes with the game clock will be able to be reviewed as well.

The entire proposal can be found by clicking here.

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Scientists, professors submit brief that backs Tom Brady’s argument for rehearing

05.24.16 at 1:53 pm ET
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Tom Brady received the backing of several engineering and physics professors on Tuesday.

According to multiple reports, papers filed with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals — and signed off on by several professors — state that Brady’s suspension was made without the league considering legitimate scientific evidence.

“As professors, we cannot fathom how it is permissible to impose punishment for the possibility of a negligible increment of pressure loss, when underinflated footballs are common to NFL games, when laws of physics cause much larger pressure drops, and when the very possibility of an additional increment of pressure loss was generated from assumptions of the league’s choosing rather than data,” reads the brief, according to the Boston Herald. “In the name of science, we support the petition for rehearing.”

Tuesday’s brief was filed one day after Brady’s legal team asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to rehear the quarterback’s case.

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Dion Lewis’ availability for Patriots’ season opener reportedly looking good

05.24.16 at 11:34 am ET
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Dion Lewis reportedly will be ready for the season-opener in Arizona. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Dion Lewis reportedly will be ready for the season-opener in Arizona. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

It appears everything is going well for Patriots running back Dion Lewis.

After tearing his ACL Nov. 8 last year against the Redskins, Lewis’ recovery is going well according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Reiss adds some close to the running back feel if the regular season was in a month, he would be able to play. This obviously means he’s on track for the season opener Sept. 11 in Arizona.

He also adds the team is taking a “patient and conservative approach” with him, but that is the case with many players at this time of the year as there is no need to rush anything with the start of the season months away.

In seven games last year, Lewis rushed for 234 yards on 49 carries and two touchdowns, while catching 36 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns. The offense had trouble adjusting once he went down.

Besides Lewis, the Patriots have LeGarrette Blount, James White, Brandon Bolden, Donald Brown, D.J. Foster and Tyler Gaffney on the running back depth chart.

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