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Brady expects knee to be OK for minicamp

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady is recovering from offseason knee surgery and expects to be ready for June minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Speaking at a fundraiser for Bucs coach Bruce Arians' foundation, the 43-year-old quarterback joked that he didn't know "if I can go this week." He then added he is aiming to be back on the field relatively soon for the Super Bowl champions.

"I feel pretty good and I push myself pretty hard. ... We we will see how things play out," he said. "It is a long time between now and the beginning of the season. Just be smart about all these different things we have to do and fulfill. We all take a lot of pride in being ready to go and I am sure we will be."

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Attorney sorry for accusing Rams' Donald

PITTSBURGH (AP) The attorney for a man who accused NFL star Aaron Donald of assaulting him at a Pittsburgh nightclub last weekend has apologized, saying it was a case of mistaken identity.

Attorney Todd Hollis, who represents DeVin�cent Spriggs, told Pittsburgh reporters Friday that his client mis�took someone else for Don�ald dur�ing the al�ter�ca�tion. He said his client had believed Donald was responsible, but after reviewing the tapes, "I realized that it was not Aaron Donald."

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Players from 5 more teams skip workouts

Players on five more NFL teams will be skipping in-person voluntary workouts because of the pandemic: the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

The players posted through their union that they are joining 11 other groups who previously said they would not be on hand for the sessions.

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Former Chiefs great Arbanas dies at 82

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs tight end Fred Arbanas, a key member of their first two Super Bowl teams in the 1960s' and '70s who later had a long career in county politics, has died. He was 82.

The Jackson County Democratic Party in Missouri, for which Arbanas was a major player for more than four decades, announced his death in a brief statement Saturday. No cause was given.

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NFL, iHeartMedia teaming up for podcasts

The NFL is making a more aggressive push into podcasting.

The league announced Monday it will partner with iHeartMedia in launching a podcast network. iHeart will distribute podcasts currently produced by the league's media division. The two parties will also team up to produce and distribute podcasts currently in the works.

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Pats CB Jackson signs 1-year tender

BOSTON (AP) The Patriots have re-signed cornerback J.C. Jackson, bringing back the former undrafted free agent who finished second in the NFL in interceptions in 2020.

The restricted free agent returns to New England where he will be paid $3.88 million this upcoming season after signing the second-round tender the Patriots placed on him prior to the start of free agency. He will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

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Bears sign former 49ers WR Goodwin

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to a one-year contract Friday.

Goodwin has 140 receptions for 2,323 yards and 13 touchdowns over seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2013-16) and San Francisco 49ers (2017-19). He had a career-best 962 yards in 2017 with San Francisco.

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Browns release veteran DT Richardson

CLEVELAND (AP) This off-season remodeling of the Browns' defense includes a surprising removal.

Veteran tackle Sheldon Richardson's contract was terminated on Friday, a head-scratching move that creates more salary-cap space but also a hole in the middle of Cleveland's defensive line.

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NFL inks deals with 3 gambling companies

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Once one of the staunchest opponents of allowing people to bet legally on its games, the NFL on Thursday announced deals with three major gambling companies to become official sports betting partners.

The league is partnering with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel, all of which will get the use of NFL trademarks and official league data, and will integrate their own betting content into media properties including NFL.com and the league's official app.

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Falcons sign return specialist Patterson

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed safety Duron Harmon and four-time All-Pro return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson to one-year contracts.

Harmon started all 16 games for Detroit in 2020 and set a career high with 73 tackles. He helps to address a glaring void on the Falcons' depth chart after the team lost Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal, Damontae Kazee and Sharrod Neasman to free agency.

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