Tony Romo isn't sure how to define young. The Dallas quarterback just knows he feels more like a 30-year-old than someone on the downhill side of 40 coming off a twice-broken left collarbone and now a couple of years removed from a pair of back surgeries that weren't far apart. Plus, his teammates like to kid him about the whole age thing with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the record he thinks Romo has four or five more good years in him.
The New England Patriots joined the latest ''Deflategate'' appeal to support Tom Brady on Wednesday, taking sides with their star quarterback in court for the first time in his fight against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. In an eight-page friend of the court brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals , the Patriots said they ''stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25 percent of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process.'' They also tried to raise the stakes in an effort to persuade the entire circuit to overrule the 2-1 decision that reinstated Brady's four-game suspension last month. The Patriots have never wavered in their defense of Brady as he fights the penalty for being ''at least generally aware'' of an illegal scheme to deflate footballs.
DeSean Jackson isn't taking part in voluntary team workouts, and the Washington Redskins don't seem to care. Jackson was the only healthy player not at Redskins Park this week for the first organized team activities of the offseason.
The Chicago Bears envisioned Kevin White forming a dynamic tandem with Alshon Jeffery when they drafted the receiver with the No. 7 pick last year. Healthy after missing his rookie season, White is trying to establish himself on a team that sees him as a key building block. ''It felt good to be back with the guys and with the team,'' White said Wednesday after the second day of organized team activities.
Geno Smith has never doubted himself or lacked confidence in his abilities. Not when he slid to the second round of the NFL draft in 2013. Not when he struggled through two up-and-down years as the New York Jets' starting quarterback.
Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley acknowledges he used ''a poor choice of words'' when referring to football being a violent game that he personally didn't think was intended to be played by humans. A day earlier, in an interview with Buffalo's WGR Radio, the GM wondered whether football was meant for ''humans'' when answering a question whether receiver Sammy Watkins was injury prone.
The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one. Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. ''I think if they find guys like me that are willing to do it, I think they want to show them that it is worthwhile,'' Rams owner Stan Kroenke said.
Former NFL defensive end Bubba Smith was diagnosed with the brain disease CTE by researchers after his death, the Concussion Legacy Foundation said Monday. Smith died in 2011 at 66. Out of four stages of the disease, the foundation says Smith had stage 3 CTE.
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