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Watt's bruise reminds us what athletes endure

The photo of J.J. Watt's bruise is nasty, but imagine playing with torn knee ligaments or a tooth stuck in your arm. Jeffri Chadiha recounts some memorable moments of athletes ignoring injuries.

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Pierce: The significance of Kraft's surrender

The great Patriots soap opera rolls on -- but what on earth is their owner doing surrendering to Roger Goodell? And what does it mean for Tom Brady?

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Randy Moss helps a friend graduate

Moss first met Kassi Spier when he was a rookie with the Vikings in 1998 and she was 4 years old. He's been there through her leukemia diagnosis, the death of her father and the diagnosis of a brain tumor. And on Friday night, Moss was there to hand Spier her high school diploma. 'Told her he'd be there'

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NFL investigating L.A. relocation fees

If the Chargers, Raiders or Rams move to Los Angeles, they'd likely have to pay the league a substantial sum, as teams have done in the past. But if the fees are too onerous, teams won't move, so the NFL is looking at solutions. Chargers could pay quarter-billion

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High-schooler makes incredible catch

2017 CB recruit Marco Wilson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage makes a one-handed backflip catch ... on the run. Your move, Odell Beckham Jr.

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Pats' fan obit: Brady is innocent!

Patricia M. Shong was 72 when she died on Monday. Called a "beloved wife" and a "cherished mother," Shong's Auburn, Mass. Daily obituary also included one unique nugget: "She would also like us to set the record straight for her: Brady is innocent!!"

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Pats fans plan 'Free Tom Brady' rally

Patriots fans want to support their embattled QB, who's facing a 4-game suspension for Deflategate, and will hold a rally on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, according to a recently created Facebook page. The event is described as a "peaceful rally to protest the unjust football arrest of half God half man Tom Brady."

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Breaking down the 'Hard Knocks' finalists

Rex Ryan, a potentially toxic QB-coach dynamic and "the best football player in the land." That's what ESPN's Mark Schlereth sees as the appeal to the three rumored finalists for the HBO show.

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What's behind RG III's regression?

If you believe former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, it's the pro system -- not his knee injury: "Robert has a lot of ability. ... But he hasn't done things that the NFL asks you to do, and it does take some growing pains to go through that." (via 106.7 The Fan)

ESPN on Snapchat Discover Live

The Browns are entering the 2015 season with a fresh look, but where do their new uniforms rank among the best ones in the NFL? Check out the Uni Watch NFL Power Rankings in today's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Browns' goal is to protect Manziel

What are the Browns going to do to help Johnny Manziel this season? Dan Graziano tells SportsCenter: "Everything they can."

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finding feature team a 'hard knock' life

With Cleveland out, four teams are rumored to still be in the running for HBO's "Hard Knocks." We assess the entertainment value of the Texans, Bills, Giants and Redskins. Are you not entertained?

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Mike Shanahan: System affected RG III

The former Redskins coach believes it's the system, not Griffin's knee injury during his rookie season, that has slowed his development: "Robert has a lot of ability. ... But he hasn't done things that the NFL asks you to do, and it does take some growing pains to go through that." (via 106.7 The Fan)

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Girls tackle football fills up fast

Averages 13 yards a carry. Breaks tackles and ankles. Takes big hits. Of course we're talking about 12-year-old Sam Gordon, who is now a founding member of the Utah Girls Tackle Football league. Yes, tackle football

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Hernandez lawyer: Aaron has no Money

Attorney John Fitzpatrick said Thursday that Aaron Hernandez, convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. is running out of money because of lawyer fees. Fitzpatrick says Hernandez only received 1 year of his now-terminated $40M Patriots contract. Story

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Commish advised to deny NFLPA's request

Roger Goodell's attorneys have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. Commissioner could still step aside

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finding feature team a 'hard knock' life

With Cleveland out, four teams are rumored to still be in the running for HBO's "Hard Knocks." We assess the entertainment value of the Texans, Bills, Giants and Redskins. Are you not entertained?

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Texans are 'Hard Knocks' favorites

Houston is a finalist to be on the HBO show, according to ESPN sources and reports. The Bills, who could opt out due to having a new coach, are not interested in appearing on the show, nor are the Redskins (via ESPN's Mike Rodak and John Keim).

Pete Carroll is like... Willy Wonka?

DE Michael Bennett sees the parallel. When asked by 710 ESPN Radio what playing for Carroll is like, he said: "It's like playing for Willy Wonka ... He wants to be young ... He just is one of those guys who's always upbeat, wants to have a good time, and lets you be yourself."

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Zimmer 'thinks' he knows AD's return date

Adrian Peterson missed voluntary workouts, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer hinted at knowing when the RB will be back. "I think I do have an indication," Zimmer told 1500 ESPN this week. "It's up to Adrian, really. He's the guy you should ask. ...We'd like all our players here."

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NFLPA leader talks Deflategate

DeMaurice Smith appeared on Outside the Lines today, with the highlight being Smith saying, "I think [the] Wells report delivered exactly what [the] client wanted." More Deflategate from Smith

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