Now that authorities believe they have recovered the jersey stolen from Tom Brady's locker following the Patriots' Super Bowl win last month, the next step will be determining whether it is in fact the MVP quarterback's missing grass-stained garment. Experts in the sports memorabilia industry, including one that has worked directly with NFL teams, say it is a tedious process that involves comparing photos and videos that captured degradation to the jersey during the game. No two jerseys are alike,'' said Barry Meisel, president of the MeiGray Group, which has authenticated game-worn sports memorabilia since 1997.
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam ''Pacman'' Jones faces three misdemeanor charges, including assault, but no longer is being charged with a felony for a January confrontation with hotel security guards, police and a nurse. A felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance, for allegedly spitting at a nurse, was dismissed at the prosecuting attorney's request, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement Wednesday. The felony charge carries a potential sentence of six to 12 months in jail upon conviction.
For all those NFL fans longing for more action, fewer interruptions and a better flow to games, Commissioner Roger Goodell is with you. The NFL is making plans to speed up the pace of games, including changing how video replays are handled and using a time clock for extra points. The league also is discussing with the TV networks how to make commercial breaks less intrusive.
There will be no more returns for Josh Cribbs. The former Browns Pro Bowl return specialist and wide receiver officially announced his retirement Wednesday from the NFL, ending a storybook career he began as an undrafted free agent quarterback out of Kent State. Cribbs played eight seasons with Cleveland, where he blossomed into one of the league's best career returners.
Meals on Wheels has confirmed a $50,000 donation from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The group that provides food for seniors in need thanked Kaepernick for his donation on Tuesday. It came a day after President Donald Trump took a swipe at Kaepernick during a campaign-style rally in Kentucky by taking credit for the lack of suitors for the free agent.
NFL veteran linebacker Manti Te'o has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to a person familiar with the situation. New Orleans also is bringing back free-agent cornerback Sterling Moore. Moore's agent, Andy Simms, said Moore has agreed to a one-year deal.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's offseason ''sabbatical'' is going to be a little longer than expected. Newton will undergo surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder, according to team spokesman Steve Drummond. Drummond said Tuesday that Newton will miss minicamp and OTAs, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.
The Atlanta Falcons announced a five-year contract extension with team president Rich McKay on Tuesday. McKay will remain with the team at least through June 2022, serving as president and chief executive officer of the Falcons as well as president of owner Arthur Blank's AMB Sports & Entertainment. McKay was hired by the Falcons in 2004 and served as general manager for four seasons.
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