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LaFleur on Rodgers: 'We want him back'

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Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur reiterated his hope that he'd get to continue working with Aaron Rodgers this season while offering no news on the quarterback's status.

"I've got nothing new to update, and we still obviously feel the same way," LaFleur said Friday after the opening workout of the Packers' rookie minicamp.

"We want him back in the worst way. I know he knows that and, you know, we'll continue to work at it each and every day."


Broncos WR Hamilton may have torn ACL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton sustained a serious knee injury Friday while working out on his own.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hamilton is suspected to have torn an ACL, as first reported by NFL Network.


Plaintiffs seek equal pay in NFL lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of "race-norming" to determine which players are eligible for payouts in the NFL's $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims, a system experts say is discriminatory.

Former Washington running back Ken Jenkins, 60, and his wife Amy Lewis on Friday delivered 50,000 petitions demanding equal treatment for Black players to Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia, who is overseeing the massive settlement. Former players who suffer dementia or other diagnoses can be eligible for a payout.


Packers sign Bortles amid Rodgers saga

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed Blake Bortles as they attempt to add quarterback depth while MVP Aaron Rodgers' future with the team remains uncertain.

Rodgers, who has reportedly expressed his desire not to return to Green Bay, had been one of two quarterbacks on the roster along with 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love. General manager Brian Gutekunst said after the draft that "we'll add a third arm and maybe a fourth arm as we go through."


49ers QB Lance ready to work at camp

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The pomp of draft weekend when he was picked third by San Francisco and got to put on his 49ers jersey for the first time is firmly in Trey Lance's past.

Now it's all about learning a new offense and making the transition to the NFL after playing only one game last season and making only 17 career starts at FCS-level North Dakota State.


Nagy gets 1st look at Fields from afar

LAKE FOREST, IL (AP) Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields is taking it one step at a time even if a large amount of the team's fan base wants him playing on opening night against the Los Angeles Rams.

For Fields, one step at a time means letting his head coach see him practice live first, and that wasn't even possible Friday on opening day of the team's rookie minicamp.


Browns' rookie shrugs off heart concerns

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Around the time rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was being shown how to drop into pass coverage, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski got to drop something as well.

His COVID-19 mask. Finally.


Seahawks mulling new role for DE Taylor

RENTON, Wash. (AP) After the recovery from a leg surgery relegated Darrell Taylor to a spectator's role for his entire rookie season, the Seattle Seahawks are trying a different approach heading into his second year.

As in a different position.


Basham among 5 Bills draft picks signed

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills signed five of their eight rookie draft picks, including second-round selection defensive end Carlos Basham of Wake Forest, on Thursday, the eve of a three-day rookie camp.

Also signing their rookie four-year deals were fifth-round selection offensive lineman Tommy Doyle out of Miami (Ohio); two of three sixth-round picks, Houston receiver Marquez Stevenson and Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose; and Texas Tech offensive lineman Jack Anderson, a seventh-round pick.


Giants reach deals with 3 draft choices

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have signed three of their six selections in the draft.

The Giants announced deals with outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari of Georgia, running back Gary Brightwell of Arizona and cornerback Rodarius Williams of Oklahoma State on Thursday, a day before a rookie minicamp.

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