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Opt-out deadline set for Thursday

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NFL players who decide to opt out of the coming season must do so by Thursday afternoon, according to a person familiar with the agreement between the league and the players

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Stafford got false positive test result

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list, saying he received a false positive test result - and drawing the ire of the quarterback's wife toward the NFL.

The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive -- then the next three tests were all negative.


Jags clear QB Minshew from COVID list

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Quarterback Gardner Minshew was ready for Jacksonville's "first day of school."

"Had my outfit picked out and everything," he quipped.


Giants re-sign sacks leader Golden

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants improved their pass rush by re-signing linebacker Markus Golden.

The Giants announced Tuesday the signing on their leader in sacks last season. Golden's contract is a one-year tender for $5.1 million.


Bucs officially add veteran RB McCoy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Six-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy has finalized a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs announced the signing Tuesday, adding yet another offensive playmaker to help Tom Brady with his new team.


Mosley says opt-out was tough decision

NEW YORK (AP) C.J. Mosley was all set to return this season - healthy and focused on being a big-time playmaker in the middle of the New York Jets' defense.

The coronavirus pandemic changed all that, causing the veteran linebacker to call an agonizing audible.


Roethlisberger confident after surgery

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger is pretty sure there isn't a technical term for what doctors did to his shredded right elbow last fall.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is pretty sure about one thing though: no one who has ever played his position has ever recovered from it well enough to continue throwing a football for a living.


Trade off after DT Hall fails physical

LAS VEGAS (AP) The trade that sent defensive tackle P.J. Hall from Las Vegas to Minnesota for a conditional draft pick has been negated after Hall failed a physical with the Vikings.

Minnesota had agreed Monday to send a conditional seventh-round pick in 2021 to the Raiders for Hall. The Vikings sent him back to the Raiders on Tuesday and he was then waived by Las Vegas.


Bridgewater: Panthers feel like my team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton is no longer with the Carolina Panthers.

That means the Panthers are now Teddy Bridgewater's team - or at least that's the way the team's new quarterback is feeling with training camp activities getting underway.


Browns pleased with 'engaged' Beckham

CLEVELAND (AP) While there's no guarantee Odell Beckham Jr. will stay quiet, the Cleveland Browns are confident their outspoken star receiver won't be bolting from training camp.

Beckham had recently questioned the NFL's decision to push forward and play the 2020 season despite the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread across the country.

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