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Lions extend Pro Bowl C Ragnow to 2026

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center Frank Ragnow rattled off a slew of names, thanking those who helped him become the NFL's highest-paid player at the position.

The Pro Bowl center was collected and composed as he shouted out the Ford family, his agents, former Lions coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, college and high school coaches, his fiancé and many more.

When Ragnow mentioned his mother and late father, though, he got choked up. Jon Ragnow died of a heart attack during the 2016 football season.

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Players can't be cut for vaccine refusal

An NFL team can't release a player simply because he is not vaccinated for COVID-19, a person with direct knowledge of the league's directive told The Associated Press on Friday.

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane hypothetically suggested this week that he'd do so if it would provide more freedom within the team facilities for meetings and offseason programs.

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RT James put on non-football injury list

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos placed right tackle Ja'Wuan James on the non-football injury list Friday, two days after he tore an Achilles tendon working out away from the team's facilities, imperiling his paychecks for the upcoming season.

The move opens a spot on the Broncos' 90-man roster, but doesn't foretell whether the club will cover any of James' $10.58 million salary or his medical costs.

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NFL still plans in-person minicamps

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has set its schedule for offseason workouts and still plans to have mandatory in-person minicamps, something the players' union has opposed.

The league released the schedule through mid-June, with all 32 teams listing required-attendance minicamps next month. NFLPA President JC Tretter, a center for the Browns, has been vocal in his opposition to any programs requiring players to be on hand, stressing a preference for virtual work similar to 2020.

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Dolphins cut McCain, sign CB McCourty

MIAMI (AP) Safety Bobby McCain was released Thursday by the Miami Dolphins, who agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Jason McCourty.

The Dolphins also signed tight end Jibri Blount, who played basketball at North Carolina Central. Blount was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year in 2019-20.

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Wash. expects full capacity for games

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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WR Doctson among 6 cut by Jets

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets cut six players, including wide receiver Josh Doctson, among a flurry of moves before the team's first rookie minicamp practice under new coach Robert Saleh on Friday.

Cornerback Kyron Brown, tight end Connor Davis, offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi, kicker Chase McLaughlin and wide receiver Jaleel Scott were also released.

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Saints add Huggins to depleted D-line

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have signed defensive tackle Albert Huggins in a move that addresses a position where the club lost two prominent regulars this offseason.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Huggins is a third-year pro out of Clemson who has played in five NFL games - four with Philadelphia as a rookie in 2019 and one with Detroit last season.

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Patriots sign undrafted K Nordin

BOSTON (AP) The Patriots have signed rookie kicker Quinn Nordin, adding some depth prior to beginning their offseason workout program.

Nordin becomes the first undrafted rookie signed by New England following last week's draft. The Patriots have had at least one rookie free agent make their 53-man opening day roster for 17 consecutive seasons, the third-longest streak in the NFL behind the Chargers (24) and Colts (22).

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WR Metcalf set to race elite sprinters

The newest sprinter in the game is tall just like world-record holder Usain Bolt and has quite an explosive burst - off the line of scrimmage, anyway.

DK Metcalf will soon see just how quick he is from a different line, the starting line.

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