The wife of Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has apologized for ''disparaging'' and ''unfounded'' comments on her Twitter account about an ESPN reporter. The Redskins issued a statement on behalf of Jessica McCloughan on Wednesday night in which she acknowledged making the remarks, which said the reporter exchanged sexual favors for information. Jessica McCloughan's statement begins: ''I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account.
Lance Briggs, a seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker who helped the Chicago Bears reach the Super Bowl, plans to retire. Briggs said Wednesday afternoon during CSN Chicago's telecast of the Cubs' game against the Reds at Wrigley Field that he is ready to call it a career. ''If somebody called me and they said, 'Hey Lance, we'd like you to come play football,' I'm gonna say I'm happily gonna retire,'' Briggs said.
Robert Griffin III made his first public comments since losing his job to Kirk Cousins, but didn't address the Redskins' starting quarterback situation. Redskins coach Jay Gruden chose Cousins as the starter on Monday following Cousins' strong performance in Saturday's preseason victory against Baltimore. Griffin, originally chosen the starter last winter, was ruled out of that game while in the NFL's concussion protocol.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.
Edward DeBartolo Jr., who as owner of the 49ers helped build one of the NFL's dynasties, is a finalist for the 2016 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor. DeBartolo, 68, must receive 80 percent of the ballots to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Under DeBartolo's ownership, San Francisco won five Super Bowls in the 1980s and '90s.
After being released by the Buffalo Bills, running back Fred Jackson is looking for an opportunity to reunite with former teammate Marshawn Lynch in Seattle. Jackson traveled to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks on Tuesday, but coach Pete Carroll cautioned that no deal has been struck. Carroll said Jackson would be going through a physical.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has dealt with a sore right arm since before he lifted the Heisman Trophy. Manziel, who hasn't thrown a pass in practice since Aug. 23 because of elbow soreness and tendinitis, said those issues date back to his freshman year at Texas A&M - when he made a dazzling play almost every game for the Aggies. The 22-year-old is confident that rest will help his elbow and the issue won't derail his NFL career.
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