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Demaryius Thomas' family says WR had CTE

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BOSTON (AP) Former NFL star Demaryius Thomas, who died last December at age 33, had CTE, his family said Tuesday.

Boston University CTE Center researchers diagnosed the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver with stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy following a brain study through the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Thomas' family released the findings of the study.

"Once I became aware of CTE and began to familiarize myself with the symptoms, I noticed that Demaryius was isolating himself and I saw other changes in him," Katina Smith, Demaryius' mother, said in a statement. "He was just so young, and it was horrible to see him struggle. His father and I hope all families learn the risks of playing football. We don't want other parents to have to lose their children like we did."

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Lawyers seek Watson NFL probe documents

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Attorneys for multiple women suing Deshaun Watson over allegations of sexual misconduct are seeking the documents from the NFL's investigation into the former Houston Texans quarterback.

According to the motion filed Friday by the women's attorneys, Tony Buzbee and Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey, the legal team seeks any and all reports and files from the NFL's investigation into Watson, including recorded interviews, witness statements and communications. The notice of intention to take deposition by written questions also asks for photographs and "any other type of documents in your files and/or documents regarding the investigation of Deshaun Watson."

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Mayfield 'ready to move on' from Browns

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Baker Mayfield said the Cleveland Browns have work ahead if they want him to help them through their situation with Deshaun Watson.

Mayfield, speaking at his football camp near the University of Oklahoma's campus on Tuesday, didn't entirely close the door on stepping in if needed.

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Commanders, McLaurin reach 3-year deal

Terry McLaurin and the Washington Commanders hammered out a new contract for the star receiver, ending the team's biggest football-related saga of a tumultuous offseason a month before training camp begins.

McLaurin agreed to terms on a three-year contract, according to two people with knowledge of the move who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been announced.

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NFL, Ice Cube team on social initiative

The NFL is teaming up with Ice Cube.

The league announced Thursday that it is partnering with Contract with Black America Institute, an economic inclusion-focused initiative led by artist and entrepreneur O'Shea Jackson, who is known as Ice Cube.

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Pegula 'progressing well' from issue

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills and Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula is "progressing well" while rehabilitating from a health issue she experienced earlier this month, the family said in a statement released on Tuesday.

The family would only say Pegula is resting, while adding they are "grateful for the medical professionals providing her care, and to everyone for their prayers and well wishes."

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Briscoe, AFL 1st Black starting QB, dies

Marlin Briscoe, who became the first Black starting quarterback in the American Football League more than 50 years ago, died Monday. He was 76.

His daughter, Angela Marriott, told The Associated Press that Briscoe died of pneumonia at a hospital in Norwalk, California. He had been hospitalized with circulation issues in his legs.

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Ex-star Kuechly joining Panthers radio

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Five-time All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly is returning to the Carolina Panthers as a member of its radio broadcast team.

Kuechly, a seven-time Pro Bowler who retired in 2020, will be joining play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff and either Jordan Gross or Jake Delhomme for seven games this season.

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Bears' Adams arrested on weapons charge

CHICAGO (AP) Bears linebacker Matt Adams was arrested and charged with misdemeanor firearm possession, Chicago police said Friday.

Police said they recovered a weapon during a search of his vehicle in downtown Chicago on Thursday evening. He was also cited for possessing a high-capacity magazine within the city limits and metal-piercing bullets, a municipal code violation. Adams has a court date scheduled for Aug. 24.

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Bears sign 2nd-round pick Gordon

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed second-round draft pick Kyler Gordon to a four-year contract on Saturday.

The cornerback from Washington became the Bears' first selection when they took him with the No. 39 overall pick. The Bears got a potential starter opposite Jaylon Johnson by taking the athletic and hard-hitting Gordon. A first-team, All-Pac-12 pick, he had 46 tackles and two interceptions to go with a team-high seven pass breakups in 12 starts last season.

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