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  • NFL roundup: Eagles' Foles strains shoulder
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles sustained a shoulder strain in the Eagles' 37-20 preseason loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass.

    • The injury occurred in the second quarter when Foles was hit by Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Foles grabbed his throwing arm as he fell to the ground. He didn't return and told reporters postgame he will have the injury evaluated more thoroughly on Friday. Nate Sudfield replaced Foles, throwing for three touchdowns and 312 yards in a 22-for-39 performance.

      Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdowns in his preseason debut, finishing 19 of 26 for 172 yards with no interceptions.

      New England first-round pick Isaiah Wynn was carted to the locker room in the first quarter with an ankle injury, according to the team. The Georgia product was playing right tackle in his preseason debut.

      Packers 51, Steelers 34

      Green Bay returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a victory over visiting Pittsburgh.

      Tramon Williams was responsible for the first Packers pick-six, a 25-yard return, on the first pass of the game, while second-round draft pick Josh Jackson took his interception return 22 yards to the end zone in the third quarter.

      Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers saw limited action, completing 2 of 4 passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not play after reportedly being cleared of a concussion earlier in the day. DeShone Kizer tossed two touchdown passes for the Packers, while Pittsburgh third-round draft pick Mason Rudolph threw a touchdown and an interception.

      Redskins 15, Jets 13

      New York's quarterback competition appears no closer to being settled after the Jets took a 15-13 loss to Washington in Landover, Md.

      No. 3 overall draft pick Sam Darnold got the start for the Jets and played the first half, completing 8 of 11 passes for 62 yards and ending his day with a red-zone interception. Free agent signee Teddy Bridgewater took over in the second half and finished 10-for-15 for 127 yards with a touchdown, though he also threw a pick.

      Alex Smith started for the Redskins and completed 4 of 6 passes for 48 yards. Kicker Dustin Hopkins scored all 15 of Washington's points, including the game-winning field goal from 40 yards out with four seconds remaining.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bryant enthusiastic after Browns visit
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant likes Cleveland, saying he and the Browns are "just trying to work some things out" on the team's radio station after a visit Thursday.

    • "[We] will know more tomorrow," Bryant said as he and the Browns negotiate the possibility of the three-time Pro Bowler joining the club, which finished 0-16 last season.

      Bryant, 29, has played all eight of his seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, who selected the Oklahoma State product with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

      But Dallas released its franchise leader in touchdown receptions in April.

      Bryant had 73 touchdowns and 531 receptions for 7,459 yards in 113 games with the Cowboys.

      "I tell everybody that shows up here, we don't care by what means you get here," Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley told reporters Wednesday.

      "If you're willing to put your hand in the pile and work and be part of moving forward and having success, I'm all for it."

      Bryant reportedly turned down a three-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens, hoping a one-year deal will lead to a bigger contract in 2019.

      "It's a very open and candid conversation with guys about how your locker room is, how your team is run, how we go about doing things and see if it fits,"

      Browns coach Hue Jackson said. "The player has to be honest and we have to be honest with what our expectations are and just lay it out."

      Bryant finished last season with 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns.

      The Browns are 1-31 during the last two seasons, with their win coming in the second-to-last game of 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Packers, Rodgers 'creeping' toward extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are "creeping along towards a deal," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday, citing a source.

    • Schefter added that both sides are motivated to get a long-term extension done, with the biggest issue being the fact that there is no ceiling on a contract that will make Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history.

      That mark is currently held by Atlanta's Matt Ryan, who signed a five-year, $150 million deal with $94.5 million guaranteed at signing in May.

      Rodgers, 34, still has two years remaining on his contract. His $22 million annual average, which was the highest in NFL history when the deal was signed in April of 2013, now ranks 10th among NFL quarterbacks. Rodgers can make a little over $20.5 million this season and $21.1 million in 2019 before his contract expires, including roster and workout bonuses.

      Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told PFT Live in May that he expected an extension to get done sooner than later.

      A CBS Sports report in May suggested Rodgers would receive around $110 million guaranteed over the first three years of his new deal.

      Rodgers, a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time MVP who missed nine games with a broken collarbone last year, made his preseason debut Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

      He played one drive against the Steelers, going 2-of-4 for 35 yards with an 8-yard touchdown to free agent signee Jimmy Graham before ceding to Brett Hundley.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Elway says Kaepernick 'had his chance' to join Broncos
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Asked Thursday if the Denver Broncos would consider signing Colin Kaepernick as a veteran backup, general manager John Elway said the quarterback's opportunity to join the Broncos came and went in 2016.

    • "Colin had his chance to be here," Elway told reporters, referencing the Broncos' trade discussions with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2016 offseason. "We offered him a contract. He didn't take it. So, as I said it in my deposition (for Kaepernick's collusion grievance against the NFL) -- and I don't know if I'm legally able to say this -- but he's had his chance to be here. He passed it."

      The Broncos and 49ers got far enough in trade discussions during the spring of 2016 that Kaepernick was allowed to meet with Elway. The GM reportedly asked Kaepernick to take a paycut of $12.4 million combined over the final two seasons of his deal, a six-year, $114 million pact that had been signed in 2014, and Kaepernick declined. No trade was ever made.

      That August, Kaepernick knelt in protest during the national anthem for the first time, during a preseason game. He played in 12 games that regular season for the 49ers before opting out of his contract in March of 2017, though many expected the team to release him if he did not opt out. He has not played in the NFL since.

      --Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack will not report to the team before Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, and his holdout has 'no end in sight,' according to an ESPN report.

      Mack, who has missed one game thus far, is subject to fines of $814,000 for every preseason contest missed, per the collective bargaining agreement. He is also subject to fines for his absence from mandatory minicamp in June and the entirety of training camp in Napa, Calif., as the Raiders wrapped up a day early on Wednesday.

      Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, will make $13.85 million this season in the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, after he earned $18.7 million through his first four seasons.

      --Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden ended training camp a day early when he called off practice.

      Gruden did not give a reason for the unexpected move. Fans who showed up to watch were turned away at the gates. Players packed up instead of practicing and left Napa to head back to team headquarters 60 miles south in Alameda, Calif.

      Gruden sounded satisfied with the Raiders' work when he met the media after Wednesday's practice. Canceling the session gives the players an extra day off before they play the Rams on Saturday.

      --Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not sustain a concussion during a collision that caused him to leave Tuesday's practice, and he will play Aug. 25 in the team's third preseason game, according to an ESPN report.

      According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Roethlisberger's helmet was jarred loose in a collision with right tackle Marcus Gilbert on Tuesday.

      Roethlisberger stayed on the ground for a while after the collision but eventually walked off. Coach Mike Tomlin announced later that day in a statement that Roethlisberger was being evaluated by team doctors in the concussion protocol.

      --As he ramps up his activity level in joint practices with the Detroit Lions, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains confident that his contract situation will be resolved with the team.

      "I definitely think it's gonna work itself out," Beckham, who is entering the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, told reporters. "You know, when is it gonna happen, you don't know. That's the business side that is new, is still new to me in a sense -- it's the first time I've ever had to deal with this or go through any of those things."

      Beckham, 25, is still working back from a broken ankle that required surgery and kept him out of all but four games last season, but he has made big strides this week in practices against the Lions. He's taken more reps in up-tempo sessions against the Lions, including Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay.

      --Rookie running back Saquon Barkley is "coming along" but likely to sit out Friday's preseason game for the New York Giants.

      Head coach Pat Shurmur reiterated that Barkley's hamstring strain is minor and the team is being cautious with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

      Barkley stretched and did light running on the sideline Thursday as the Giants continued joint workouts with the Lions. The Giants play at Ford Field on Friday after opening the preseason against the Cleveland Browns last week.

      --New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his preseason debut against the Philadelphia Eagles in Foxborough, Mass.

      Multiple outlets reported the plan was for Brady to play much, if not all, of the first half before ceding to backup Brian Hoyer. The last time Brady faced Philadelphia, he threw for a playoff-record 505 yards along with three touchdowns, but the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII to the Eagles in Minneapolis.

      Brady, who turned 41 on Aug. 3, said in a radio appearance earlier this week he "absolutely" planned to play after missing the team's preseason opener with a sore back. He took more reps in practice this week after missing some in previous sessions.

      --Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will make his preseason debut Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks, but defensive end Joey Bosa and guard Forrest Lamp will be held out with injuries, head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters.

      Bosa has been out nine days since suffering a foot injury during practice that was deemed "nothing serious." After being activated from the physically unable to perform list, Lamp practiced on Monday for the first time since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last August.

      Starting cornerback Trevor Williams, who sprained his left ankle early in camp, will also sit out when the Chargers host the Seahawks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Raiders' Mack won't report by Saturday; 'no end in sight'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack will not report to the team before Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, and his holdout has 'no end in sight,' according to an ESPN report Thursday.

    • Mack, who has missed one game thus far, is subject to fines of $814,000 for every preseason contest missed, per the collective bargaining agreement. He is also subject to fines for his absence from mandatory minicamp in June and the entirety of training camp in Napa, Calif., which the Raiders wrapped up a day early on Wednesday.

      Gruden told ESPN on Wednesday that he doesn't think Mack's holdout has "been a distraction."

      "It's obviously, for me, been disappointing," Gruden said. "You want to have your best player here. This guy is really a great guy, too. I'm disappointed we don't have him here. Going to try to get him here as soon as we can. In the time being, you got to move on. You've got to get up and go to work."

      Raiders' officials have consistently said they plan to re-sign Mack to a long-term deal as he enters the final year of his contract, but there have been no indications of progress. NFL Network reported at the end of July that the sides had not had contract talks since February and that the Raiders did not have an offer on the table.

      Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, will make $13.85 million this season in the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, after he earned $18.7 million through his first four seasons.

      Pro Football Talk reported last month that some wonder if the Raiders are financially able to give Mack -- who is likely seeking to exceed Von Miller's six-year, $114 million deal that included $70 million guaranteed -- the type of contract he wants.

      That concern relates less to the Raiders' limited cap space (around $4.5 million, 26th in the NFL), which is flexible, than to the team's fungible cash. A dated rule in the collective bargaining agreement requires teams to put all guaranteed money for signed contracts in escrow, which can limit team's financial flexibility when it comes to blockbuster contracts.

      The Raiders gave quarterback Derek Carr more than $70 million guaranteed on an extension last June, and they owe the NFL a $378 million relocation fee for their expected move to Las Vegas.

      Mack, 27, has 40.5 sacks, three Pro Bowl appearances and two first-team All-Pro nods in his career while starting all 64 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rivers to play Saturday; Bosa (foot), Lamp (knee) out
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will make his preseason debut Saturday, but defensive end Joey Bosa and guard Forrest Lamp will be held out with injuries, head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters Thursday.

    • Bosa has been out nine days since suffering a foot injury during practice that was deemed "nothing serious." After being activated from the physically unable to perform list, Lamp practiced on Monday for the first time since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last August.

      Starting cornerback Trevor Williams, who sprained his left ankle early in camp, will also sit out when the Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks.

      The Chargers have played Rivers in two of four preseason games each year since 2015. The 36-year-old has not missed a regular-season game since taking over as the starter in 2006, a streak of 192 consecutive starts.

      Bosa, 23, missed the first four games of his rookie season in 2016 due to injury, but has played all 28 games since. Lamp, 24, has not played in a game of any kind since the Chargers took him in the second round last year.

      Williams, who turns 25 next month, has played in 28 games through two NFL seasons, including all 16 games (15 starts) last season, when he tallied two interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

      Meanwhile, Lynn told reporters Wednesday that the kicking competition between free agent signees Caleb Sturgis and Roberto Aguayo is extremely tight, with in-game performances likely to be the deciding factor.

      "I'd love to make the decision sooner than later," Lynn said. "I really would. But it's so close right now.

      "... It's a long battle. ...We'll see how it plays out in games. What a player does in games, to me, is what I evaluate the most."

      Sturgis handled both of the team's field-goal attempts in the preseason opener, making from 45 yards and missing from 41. Aguayo kicked off four times, producing one touchback, and hit both extra-point attempts.

      Sturgis, who turned 29 last week, has hit 81.0 percent of field-goal attempts in his five-year career with the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.

      Aguayo, 24, hit 22 of 31 (71.0 percent) field-goal attempts as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who traded up to take him in the second round of the 2016 draft. He was cut last year after a battle, which was captured by HBO's Hard Knocks, with veteran Nick Folk.

      --Field Level Media

  • Elway on Kaepernick: 'He’s had his chance to be here. He passed it'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Asked Thursday if the Denver Broncos would consider signing Colin Kaepernick as a veteran backup, general manager John Elway said the quarterback's opportunity to join the Broncos came and went in 2016.

    • "Colin had his chance to be here," Elway told reporters, referencing the Broncos' trade discussions with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2016 offseason. "We offered him a contract. He didn't take it. So, as I said it in my deposition (for Kaepernick's collusion grievance against the NFL) -- and I don't know if I'm legally able to say this -- but he's had his chance to be here. He passed it."

      The Broncos and 49ers got far enough in trade discussions during the spring of 2016 that Kaepernick was allowed to meet with Elway. The GM reportedly asked Kaepernick to take a paycut of $12.4 million combined over the final two seasons of his deal, a six-year, $114 million pact that had been signed in 2014, and Kaepernick declined.

      No trade was ever made, as Denver went into training camp with a trio of Trevor Siemian, then-rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch and Mark Sanchez, who was released during the team's final cuts.

      That August, Kaepernick knelt in protest during the national anthem for the first time, during a preseason game. He played in 12 games that regular season for the 49ers before opting out of his contract in March of 2017, though many expected the team to release him if he did not opt out.

      After going unsigned as a free agent through the fall of 2017, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners in October. A number of owners, executives, coaches and other figures have been deposed as part of the grievance, which remains ongoing.

      Elway's deposition, with Kaepernick in attendance, was in May.

      Elway said in a radio appearance on Tuesday that the Broncos will consider signing a veteran quarterback this preseason, after Lynch was demoted to third string and 2017 seventh-round pick Chad Kelly was elevated to the No. 2 spot following the opener. When asked Thursday about the idea of signing a veteran, Elway said the team wants to see more from its two young quarterbacks before making any firm decisions.

      "We'll wait through this week and see what happens after this week, and so we'll go from there," he said. "But I feel like we still have time. We'll let the young guys continue to take the reps and go from there."

      Elway praised Kelly -- who went 14-for-21 for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, for his play against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday -- Kelly's first game action as a pro.

      "You know I had a feeling he was going to play well," Elway said of Kelly. "He's a competitive guy, he's played a lot of snaps, he's instinctive. He took advantage of the opportunity that he had. ... He's got good instincts, and he deserved a chance to play with the 2s this week."

      When asked about the future of Lynch -- who the Broncos traded up to draft in the first round in 2016 -- if he does not win the backup job, Elway declined to discuss hypothetical situations. Lynch, who went 6-of-11 for 24 yards and an interception in the opener, will play with the third team against the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gruden ends Raiders' training camp a day early
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden ended training camp a day early Thursday when he called off practice.

    • Gruden did not give a reason for the unexpected move. Fans who showed up to watch were turned away at the gates. Players packed up instead of practicing and left the Napa, Calif., training camp to head back to team headquarters 60 miles south in Alameda.

      Gruden sounded satisfied with the Raiders' work when he met the media after Wednesday's practice.

      "I'd just like to say that I was really happy with today's practice," he said. "Normally the last real practice at training camp, a lot of people get a little bit distracted. What we did is we went out and really challenged our guys with short yardage, goal-line backed up, two-minute, no-huddle, desperation field goals. Covered a lot of ground. Our guys did a nice job.

      "We got our team rejuvenated physically a little bit after two, long, padded practices for the upcoming game."

      Canceling Thursday's session gives the players an extra day off before they play the Los Angeles Rams Saturday.

      Gruden said earlier in the week that this game is significant to the team as it heads toward the season opener on Sept. 10, also against the Rams.

      "It's a preseason game and we have a lot of really tough evaluations to get through," Gruden told reporters. "We're going to really continue to use this as an evaluation. You're going to see a lot of players playing a long period of time that are going to get a chance to show us they belong here. That's how we're looking at this game."

      Gruden also briefly discussed the situation with holdout defensive end Khalil Mack. The 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, Mack is holding out in hopes the Raiders will sign him to a big deal. He's entering the final year of his contract and is likely seeking to be the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

      "I don't think it's been a distraction," Gruden told ESPN. "It's obviously, for me, been disappointing. You want to have your best player here. This guy is really a great guy, too. I'm disappointed we don't have him here. Going to try to get him here as soon as we can. In the time being, you got to move on. You've got to get up and go to work."

      --Field Level Media

  • Lewis: Patriots 'didn't think I was good enough to be there'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Running back Dion Lewis rushed for nearly 900 yards for New England last season, but when it came time to sign a contract, the Patriots allowed him to walk away.

    • Now, he's playing for former Patriots' linebacker Mike Vrabel, the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Lewis signed a four-year, $19.8 million contract in the offseason that also provides for an additional $3.4 million in incentives, per Spotrac.

      "I'm happy with the decision, and this is the decision I would've made even if they did offer," Lewis told Ben Volin of the Boston Globe on Wednesday. "If they wanted me, they could've had me.

      "But obviously, they didn't want me, they didn't think I was good enough to be there. I just had to move on and do what's best for me."

      Lewis played in all 16 games last season for the Patriots, rushing for 896 yards, scoring six touchdowns and averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

      The running back, who turns 28 next month, was drafted in the fifth round in 2011 by Philadelphia. He spent two seasons with the Eagles, then was traded to Cleveland in 2013. He missed the entire season with a fractured fibula and was released in 2014.

      Indianapolis signed Lewis in September 2014 and released him a week later. He sat out the season and signed with the Patriots for the 2015 season. He shined in brief action but missed much of 2015 and 2016 with knee injuries.

      He said he wants to put a past of injury and rejection behind him.

      "I always carry a chip on my shoulder, always eager to prove the kind of player I am," Lewis said, "and that's not going to change just because I got a contract. I'm self-motivated. I feel like I'm a great player and I'm always eager to show what type of player I am.

      "I get more mad at myself than the coaches get mad at me. I'm extremely hard on myself and I expect a lot. And I think that I can do a lot better than I did last year."

      With Tennessee, Lewis is expected to share the load with Derrick Henry.

      The Titans open the season at Miami on Sept. 9. They will host the Patriots on Nov. 11.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Saints DE Okafor has bone bruise, sprained ankle
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor suffered a bone bruise in his knee and a sprained ankle during Wednesday's practice, according to multiple reports Wednesday night.

    • How much time Okafor will miss is unclear, but the news is relatively positive after many feared a more serious injury. Players huddled around their teammate after he went down and was tended to by trainers. Okafor eventually walked off the field on his own with a limp.

      The sixth-year veteran is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in November, which ended a season in which he tallied 4.5 sacks and four passes defensed in 10 games (all starts). It was Okafor's first season in New Orleans, after he arrived on a one-year deal in 2017. The Saints re-signed Okafor to a two-year deal worth up to $10 million in March.

      The 27-year-old spent his first four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who took him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. Okafor posted a career-high 8.0 sacks in 13 games (12 starts) in 2014 but had just 5.5 sacks combined in 2015 and 2016.

      If healthy, he is expected to start opposite first-team All-Pro Cameron Jordan, with rookie first-round pick Marcus Davenport and 2017 third-round pick Trey Hendrickson rotating in.

      Davenport, for whom the team traded its 2019 first-round pick to move up 13 spots in April's draft, attended Wednesday's practice for the first time in several sessions as he recovers from a groin injury that has kept him out of most of training camp. He did not participate in any drills, but head coach Sean Payton expressed optimism about getting Davenport back on the field soon.

      "The news we're hearing is real good," Payton told reporters Wednesday, "so he's going to be kind of ramping up and accelerating with regards to getting back on the field. That's encouraging."

      It's unclear when Davenport will make his preseason debut. The Saints host the Arizona Cardinals on Friday in their second preseason game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants RB Barkley (leg) improving, unlikely to play Saturday
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Rookie running back Saquon Barkley is "coming along" but likely to sit out Friday's preseason game for the New York Giants.

    • Head coach Pat Shurmur reiterated that Barkley's hamstring strain is minor and the team is being cautious with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

      Barkley stretched and did light running on the sideline Thursday as the Giants continued joint workouts with the Detroit Lions. The Giants play at Ford Field on Friday after opening the preseason against the Cleveland Browns last week.

      Barkley said he knew immediately the injury wasn't serious.

      "I wasn't scared because I knew it wasn't nothing crazy," he said. "I was just frustrated because a lot of those things are preventative and it's about taking care of your body and treating your body, make sure you're hydrated and stuff. I thought I was doing all those things right. It kind of showed me that even though when you think you're doing enough you have to find a way to do more."

      Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who had a torn hamstring as a rookie and missed all of training camp plus the first four regular-season games, said he encouraged Barkley not to rush back.

      "Like I told him, you take your time. There is nothing you need to prove to any of us," Beckham said. "There is nothing you need to prove to anyone. Not yourself. You know what you're capable of. I know what you're capable of. We know what you're capable of. It's about getting healthy."

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants' doctors discovered tumor when WR Golden tried out for team
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Veteran wide receiver Brittan Golden left a recent tryout with the New York Giants without a contract. But he has gratitude to the team -- and its doctors.

    • Golden, 30, signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and spent the last five years with the Arizona Cardinals. But when he tried out for the Giants, doctors performing a physical discovered a tumor and arranged with doctors in his hometown, Houston, to perform biopsy right away.

      The Houston doctors had good news for him. The tumor was benign.

      "I was just in New York as I had a workout for the Giants," Golden told Fox Sports in a Wednesday interview. "And they probably had the most extensive physical that I've ever been through in my life, which, is a good thing. . . The workout went well, but their doctor found a small tumor in my mouth.

      "The good news was it is a benign tumor, so, it's not cancerous, which is the greatest thing in the world. The really bad news is that I'm gonna have to have surgery, probably we're gonna have to do it next week. That way the sooner the better, so at most I think I'll be out, for, like, four to six weeks."

      When he recovers, Golden will still have time to try to sign on with a team in need of a wide receiver later in 2018. Until then, he'll stay busy as he recuperates.

      He became father of twin boys, Jaylen and Kash, earlier this week.

      Golden played in 41 games (one start) over the last three seasons, catching 17 passes for 109 yards while logging about 75 percent of his snaps on special teams.

      --Field Level Media

  • Beckham ramping up, expects contract to 'work itself out'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    As he ramps up his activity level in joint practices with the Detroit Lions, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains confident that his contract situation will be resolved with the team.

    • "I definitely think it's gonna work itself out," Beckham told reporters Thursday. "You know, when is it gonna happen, you don't know. That's the business side that is new, is still new to me in a sense -- it's the first time I've ever had to deal with this or go through any of those things.

      "I believe that it's gonna work itself out. It's a matter of time, just like anything in life, it's timing."

      Beckham, who is entering the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, has remained optimistic about signing a long-term extension with the Giants, who reportedly opened negotiations with the wideout in late July.

      Beckham's agent, Zeke Sandhu, reportedly visited the Giants for face-to-face meetings earlier this month before leaving without a deal. Reports conflicted about how talks went, with ESPN reporting the team valued Beckham below a $16 million annual salary and NFL Network reporting the team engaged in "good-faith negotiations" that would make Beckham the league's highest-paid wide receiver.

      That title currently belongs to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown ($17 million annually).

      Beckham, 25, is still working back from a broken ankle that required surgery and kept him out of all but four games last season, but he has made big strides this week in practices against the Lions. He's taken more reps in up-tempo sessions against the Lions, including Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay.

      "There were some periods that I was going eight plays in a row," Beckham said. "You kind of build up that wind again. Even in practice I've been getting pushed a lot, asking for reps because I knew I needed it. I need to feel that. I need to feel eight to 10 plays [in a row] and just kind of get that back."

      Slay told reporters on Wednesday that Beckham has looked like his normal, explosive self.

      "He's always going to be explosive," Slay said. "He's never going to lose that until he's 50, I guess. I don't know. Other than that, he's Odell."

      Beckham returned praise toward Slay on Thursday.

      "Every time I go against him it's great energy," Beckham said. "He obviously has been one of the best corners in the league. He's been doing his thing for a while. It's always been hard every time we've gone against each other. We just like to compete."

      Head coach Pat Shurmur would not say if the three-time Pro Bowl wideout would play in Friday's game against the Lions. If Beckham doesn't play, he could see action in one of the Giants' final two preseason games.

      New York opens the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: No concussion for Roethlisberger; will play next week
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Ben Roethlisberger did not sustain a concussion during a collision that caused him to leave Tuesday's practice, and he will play Aug. 25 in the Pittsburgh Steelers' third preseason game, according to an ESPN report Thursday.

    • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported earlier Thursday that Roethlisberger was "fine and out of concussion protocol."

      According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Roethlisberger's helmet was jarred loose in a collision with right tackle Marcus Gilbert on Tuesday.

      Roethlisberger stayed on the ground for a while after the collision but eventually walked off. Coach Mike Tomlin announced later that day in a statement that the quarterback was being evaluated by team doctors in the concussion protocol.

      The 36-year-old veteran traveled with his team to Green Bay for Thursday's preseason game against the Packers, but he wasn't scheduled to play even before the practice collision. He has played in just one preseason game in each of the last two seasons.

      The Steelers play host to the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 25.

      --Field Level Media

  • Brady could play entire half vs. Eagles
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is expected to make his preseason debut Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles in Foxborough, Mass.

    • Multiple outlets reported the plan is for Brady to play much, if not all, of the first half before ceding to backup Brian Hoyer. The last time Brady faced Philadelphia, he threw for a playoff record 505 yards along with three touchdowns, but the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII to the Eagles in Minneapolis.

      Brady, who turned 41 on Aug. 3, said in a radio appearance earlier this week he "absolutely" planned to play after missing the team's preseason opener with a sore back. He took more reps in practice this week after missing some in previous sessions.

      "I'm doing well. I'm doing really well. You just always have little things you're working through -- that's part of football season -- but I feel really good," Brady told sports radio WEEI.

      Brady has seen his preseason workload cut back in recent years given his age. He became the oldest player to ever with the league's MVP award last season, and he reiterated on Tuesday that he plans to play beyond this season.

      "I certainly expect to be here next year and hopefully beyond," he said. "I have goals to play for a long time. I still love doing it. I still want to do it."

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys C Frederick gets positive news on neck
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick received positive news Wednesday when he visited a specialist to confirm that his recent issues with stingers were not part of a more severe injury.

    • Frederick saw neck and spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles -- not far from Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Ca. -- who told Frederick there were no deeper concerns.

      "Specifically because stingers deal with your neck, and that's something I think is a pretty important part of your body," Frederick told reporters Wednesday evening, after returning to camp and watching the end of the team's walkthrough. "So I just made sure I was safe for the long term. ...Everything is good other than the stingers"

      Head coach Jason Garrett told reporters Frederick was having his shoulder checked, after he had suffered a few recent stingers in practice. Frederick said he had one stinger a few years ago before "several over the course of a couple days" this week, describing it as a shooting pain that can cause some strength loss.

      The best treatment for the injury is rest, so Frederick will likely continue to sit out practices and miss Saturday's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he expects to be back at full strength before long.

      "It's just like any other injury: When you have inflammation, you've got to get that inflammation out of there, and then it's fine," Frederick said. "Something that's already inflamed and you bang it again, it continues to be inflamed."

      Frederick, 27, has started all 80 games and hasn't missed a snap since the Cowboys took him 31st overall in the 2013 draft. He is riding a streak of four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and also earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2016, after garnering second-team honors in '14 and '15.

      Seventh-year pro Joe Looney, who has appeared in all 32 games (three starts) for the Cowboys over the last two years, has lined up as the starting center in Frederick's absence during camp, and he drew praise from Garrett on Wednesday. Two-time All-Pro guard Zack Martin has seen occasional snaps at the pivot during walkthroughs in training camp, but he's viewed as more of a last resort if Frederick were to miss much of the season.

      The Cowboys lost some depth on the interior earlier this week when reserve guard Marcus Martin was placed on injured reserve with a torn ligament in his right big toe.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mayfield could be Browns' No. 3 QB
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Cleveland quarterback Tyrod Taylor is the presumed opening-day starter for the Browns.

    • But if Taylor suffers an early season injury, will it be No. 1 overall selection Baker Mayfield on the field in his place?

      Maybe not.

      Cleveland.com reported that coach Hue Jackson is considering veteran Drew Stanton as Taylor's backup.

      "I've said from the beginning that I think experience is important,'' Jackson said Wednesday. "Right now, Drew still has that experience, and we'll see how that all unfolds as we go. I haven't made that choice just yet, but his veteran presence says a lot. He's played in a lot of games against a lot of teams that we are going to start off against and play against so I think that is important to definitely consider."

      The Detroit Lions selected Stanton in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft from Michigan State. In his career, he has seen action with the Lions and the Arizona Cardinals and has an 11-6 record in 17 career starts.

      Jackson said Stanton will play in the team's preseason game Friday against Buffalo so the coaches can watch him run the offense.

      "He never played for me in a game, (offensive coordinator) Todd (Haley) or (quarterbacks coach) Kenny (Zampese),'' said Jackson. "It's important that we put him out there with his teammates and play.

      "If something were to happen, we'd have to make a heck of a decision on which road we travel. ... You have to put guys in game situations, and let them play."

      Mayfield has been taking the snaps with the second-team. In the team's first preseason game last week against the New York Giants, Mayfield completed 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

      The Browns open the season Sept. 9 at home against Pittsburgh and travel to New Orleans the following week.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Jags CB Ramsey blasts NFL QBs
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey gave critical and blunt assessments of several NFL signal callers in a GQ interview that was published on Wednesday.

    • Among his targets were Atlanta's Matt Ryan, Buffalo rookie Josh Allen, Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, Indianapolis' Andrew Luck and Baltimore's Joe Flacco. Allen, the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, got the worst of it.

      "I think Allen is trash," Ramsey said. "I don't care what nobody say. He's trash. And it's gonna show too. That's a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I'm excited as hell. I hope he's their starting quarterback."

      Ramsey, who first failed to come up with Ryan's name, called him "overrated" and suggested his MVP season was a product of the system he ran. Among Ramsey's other claims: Roethlisberger is "decent at best," Flacco "sucks" and as for Luck, "I don't really think he's that good." Allen told reporters he doesn't "care one bit" about Ramsey's comments, adding he cares only about how his teammates view him.

      --Tempers flared during a joint practice between the Texans and 49ers, leading to a fight between Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and San Francisco corner Jimmie Ward.

      The fracas erupted after Ward knocked Hopkins' helmet off jamming him at the line of scrimmage, and the two began throwing punches early in the session. The pair tumbled to the ground had to be separated. Hopkins was sent inside the practice bubble, while Ward was reduced to running on the sideline as practice resumed.

      "Yeah, it's ridiculous," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "Just have to move on."

      --Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles told reporters he's not worried about the fact that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't shake his hand following Super Bowl LII.

      Asked if he's heard from Brady since the game in February, Foles said he hasn't, but made it clear that he doesn't see any unresolved issue between the two.

      "We both have a lot going on in our lives so, you know, in time," said Foles, whose Eagles visit Foxborough for a preseason game Thursday night. "It will happen when it happens. We practiced with the Patriots several years ago, and I got to stand there and talk to Tom for quite a bit. He's a great guy. I have all the respect in the world for him. ...I think everyone's making a really big deal out of this and it's not a big deal at all."

      --Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick visited a specialist in Los Angeles to have his shoulder examined after he suffered a few stingers in recent practices at training camp.

      "We just wanted to make sure he was squared away," head coach Jason Garrett told reporters, adding that the team would know more about how the check-up went later Wednesday. The issue is not one that Frederick -- who has sat out practices in recent days -- has dealt with before, Garrett said.

      Multiple outlets reported Frederick's trip to the specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, was done as a precaution, and the team is not seriously concerned about the issue. Frederick, 27, has started all 80 games and hasn't missed a snap since the Cowboys took him 31st overall in the 2013 draft. He has made four consecutive Pro Bowls.

      --Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis will not be charged in a rape investigation, after the case was dropped by the Fulton County (Ga.) district attorney's office.

      Gotsis, who turns 25 next month, was arrested on March 7 and accused of raping a woman five years earlier while he was at Georgia Tech. The case had been under investigation since his arrest, but the DA's office announced that no action will be taken.

      "I'm just relieved that everything's been taken care of," Gotsis told reporters after practice. "I've got faith in the legal system, and I have faith in the lord and family and friends, and great support from everyone around me -- Broncos, friends, family. Just glad that it's over with and I can just focus on football now."

      --The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a deal with former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden, according to Walden's agents.

      The terms of the deal were not announced. Walden played for the Tennessee Titans last year on a one-year, $2.75 million deal.

      Walden, who turns 33 on Tuesday, collected four sacks and 36 tackles in 16 games (two starts) for Tennessee last season. He played the previous four years for the Indianapolis Colts, starting 60 of 61 games and tallying 23 sacks in that span, including an 11-sack campaign in 2016.

      --The New York Jets placed offensive tackle Ben Ijalana on injured reserve, ending his season after he suffered a shoulder injury in joint practices with the Washington Redskins this week.

      Ijalana, who turned 29 on Aug. 6, was expected to serve as the Jets' swing tackle behind starters Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell. To fill his roster spot, the team signed veteran lineman Gino Gradkowski.

      Meanwhile, NFL Network reports starting guard Brian Winters is expected to be held out of all preseason games as the Jets take it slow in his recovery from an abdominal injury that plagued his 2017 campaign.

      --Broncos receiver Carlos Henderson, who has yet to report for training camp, was suspended one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced.

      Henderson, 23, was arrested in Louisiana in January on a marijuana possession charge.

      A 2017 third-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, Henderson spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a thumb injury and then did not report for the start of training camp this season. Head coach Vance Joseph told reporters Henderson is dealing with a personal issue and must decide "if he wants to continue to play football."

      --The Oakland Raiders claimed defensive tackle Gabe Wright off waivers from the Miami Dolphins and placed defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin on injured reserve, the team announced.

      Wright was waived by Miami on Tuesday, one day after he reportedly blindsided teammate Kenyan Drake -- who was without a helmet -- with an elbow during a testy practice.

      Wright, 26, is joining his fourth team since he was a fourth-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft. Rubin, who turned 32 last month, suffered a torn biceps last week during joint practices against the Lions.

      --The Houston Texans are signing former Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose, according to a Houston Chronicle report.

      Starter Ka'imi Fairburn has been nursing a small, short-term injury, per the Chronicle, that may keep him out of Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers. Rose, 24, made 11 of 14 (78.6 percent) field-goal attempts and 23 of 26 PATs last year, his first season in the NFL.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys C Frederick (shoulder) visits specialist
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick visited a specialist in Los Angeles on Wednesday to have his shoulder examined after he suffered a few stingers in recent practices at training camp.

    • "We just wanted to make sure he was squared away," head coach Jason Garrett told reporters, adding that the team would know more about how the check-up went later Wednesday. The issue is not one that Frederick -- who has sat out practices in recent days -- has dealt with before, Garrett said.

      The team has been in Oxnard, Calif., a northwest suburb of Los Angeles, for training camp, which breaks on Friday.

      Multiple outlets reported Frederick's trip to the specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, was done as a precaution, and the team is not seriously concerned about the issue.

      Frederick, 27, has started all 80 games and hasn't missed a snap since the Cowboys took him 31st overall in the 2013 draft. He is riding a streak of four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and also earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2016, after garnering second-team honors in '14 and '15.

      Seventh-year pro Joe Looney, who has appeared in all 32 games (three starts) for the Cowboys over the last two years, has lined up as the starting center in Frederick's absence during camp.

      "This has been a really good training camp for him," Garrett said of Looney. "Even as a veteran player to get a lot of work, a lot of work with the 1s. And I think he's improved."

      --Field Level Media

  • Rape case against Broncos DE Gotsis dropped by DA
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis will not be charged in a rape investigation, after the case was dropped by the Fulton County (Ga.) district attorney's office on Wednesday.

    • Gotsis, who turns 25 next month, was arrested on March 7 and accused of raping a woman five years earlier while he was at Georgia Tech. The case had been under investigation since his arrest, but the DA's office announced Wednesday that no action will be taken.

      "After careful and thorough investigation, The Fulton County District Attorney's Office has decided not to proceed with the case against Mr. Adam Gotsis," Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in a statement. "My office understands the sensitivity and significance of these investigations, but the evidence presented does not warrant any further action in this case.''

      Gotsis met the media after practice Wednesday for the first time since the news of his arrest emerged.

      "I'm just relieved that everything's been taken care of," he said. "I've got faith in the legal system, and I have faith in the lord and family and friends, and great support from everyone around me -- Broncos, friends, family. Just glad that it's over with and I can just focus on football now."

      A 30-year-old woman reported to police on Feb. 1 of this year that she was raped by Gotsis on March 9, 2013, when she was 25."

      Gotsis surrendered to authorities in March after a warrant was put out for his arrest, and he was released after posting $50,000 bond.

      Gotsis' attorney, Sarah Becker, denied the accusation in a statement at the time of her client's arrest, saying in part, "We steadfastly maintain that the allegations are false."

      The team also released a statement at the time saying it took the accusation "very seriously" and had reported it to the NFL, who likely will not investigate the incident under the personal conduct policy because it happened before Gotsis entered the league.

      Gotsis, a 6-foot-4, 287-pounder who Denver drafted in the second round in 2016, participated fully in the Broncos' offseason program and training camp, and he played in the team's first preseason game.

      He has played in all 32 games since he was drafted, starting 13 last year while totaling 41 tackles, 2.0 sacks and four passes defensed.

      Born in Melbourne, Australia, Gotsis came to the U.S. to play football at Georgia Tech in 2012, playing for the Yellow Jackets through 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • Raiders claim DT Wright, put Rubin on IR
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    The Oakland Raiders claimed defensive tackle Gabe Wright off waivers from the Miami Dolphins and placed defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin on injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Wright was waived by Miami on Tuesday, one day after he reportedly blindsided teammate Kenyan Drake -- who was without a helmet -- with an elbow during a testy practice.

      Wright, 26, is joining his fourth team since he was a fourth-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft.

      He played in seven games for the Lions as a rookie, five for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and spent the majority of last season on Miami's practice squad, appearing in just one game. He has 11 tackles and two passes defensed in 13 career games (one start).

      Rubin, who turned 32 last month, suffered a torn biceps last week during joint practices against the Lions.

      He joined Oakland as a free agent this offseason for one year and $1.015 million. He spent last year with the Denver Broncos (two games) and Atlanta Falcons (10) after starting 107 games over the previous eight years for the Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks. In 10 seasons, Rubin has 15.0 sacks, seven passes defensed and 428 tackles.

      The Raiders brought back Justin Ellis on a three-year, $15 million deal and also drafted defensive tackles in the second (P.J. Hall) and fifth (Maurice Hurst) rounds of April's draft. Eddie Vanderdoes, a 2017 third-round pick who started 13 games as a rookie, remains on the physically unable to perform list after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the regular-season finale.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets put OT Ijalana on IR; G Winters to miss preseason
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    The New York Jets placed offensive tackle Ben Ijalana on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season after he suffered a shoulder injury in joint practices with the Washington Redskins this week.

    • To fill his roster spot, the team signed veteran lineman Gino Gradkowski.

      Ijalana, who turned 29 on Aug. 6, was expected to serve as the Jets' swing tackle behind starters Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell.

      He appeared in 11 games a reserve last season after starting 13 of 16 games for New York in 2016. Those were the only starts of Ijalana's five-year career, which also includes two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

      Gradkowski, 29, spent the past two years with the Carolina Panthers but did not play last season after going on injured reserve in September and being released later that month. He appeared in 10 games (three starts) in 2016.

      A former fourth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, Gradkowski started all 16 games in 2013 for the Ravens but has otherwise started in just four of his 38 appearances.

      Meanwhile, NFL Network reports guard Brian Winters is expected to be held out of all preseason games as the Jets take it slow in his recovery from an abdominal injury that plagued his 2017 campaign.

      Winters, who projects as the team's starter at right guard, has participated in practices throughout training camp but was held out in recent days due to soreness, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

      The 27-year-old started 13 games last season, bringing his total to 54 starts in 64 NFL games since the Jets took him in the third round of the 2013 draft.

      Winters is entering the second year of a four-year, $29 million contract extension he signed in January of 2017.

      --Field Level Media

  • Seahawks agree to sign ex-Colts LB Walden, per agent
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a deal with former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden, according to Walden's agents.

    • The terms of the deal were not announced. Walden played for the Tennessee Titans last year on a one-year, $2.75 million deal.

      Walden, who turns 33 on Tuesday, collected four sacks and 36 tackles in 16 games (two starts) for Tennessee last season. He played the previous four years for the Indianapolis Colts, starting 60 of 61 games and tallying 23 sacks in that span, including an 11-sack campaign in 2016.

      The 10-year veteran also spent three years with the Green Bay Packers and parts of three seasons with the Miami Dolphins after starting his career in Kansas City. Walden was a sixth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 but never played for them.

      The Seahawks could use pass-rushing help with defensive end Dion Jordan's status up in the air for the regular-season opener. Jordan remains on the physically unable to perform list while dealing with a stress reaction in his shin.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos WR Henderson suspended one game for substance abuse
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Denver Broncos receiver Carlos Henderson, who has yet to report for training camp, was suspended one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.

    • Henderson, 23, was arrested in Louisiana in January on a marijuana possession charge.

      A 2017 third-round pick out of Louisiana Tech, Henderson spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a thumb injury and then did not report for the start of training camp this season.

      Head coach Vance Joseph told reporters Henderson is dealing with a personal issue and must decide "if he wants to continue to play football." Various teammates including wideout Emmanuel Sanders have said they've reached out to Henderson, but there is no indication his absence will end anytime soon.

      Henderson tied for the FBS lead in touchdown receptions with 19 in his final year at Louisiana Tech, but he has spent the majority of his Broncos tenure working with the third team in practice. He had one catch for seven yards in his only preseason appearance as a rookie.

      --Field Level Media

  • Foles on Brady handshake: 'Not a big deal at all'
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles told reporters Wednesday he's not worried about the fact that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't shake his hand following Super Bowl LII.

    • Asked if he's heard from Brady since the game in February, Foles said he hasn't, but made it clear that he doesn't see any unresolved issue between the two.

      "We both have a lot going on in our lives so, you know, in time," said Foles, whose Eagles visit Foxborough for a preseason game Thursday night. "It will happen when it happens. We practiced with the Patriots several years ago, and I got to stand there and talk to Tom for quite a bit. He's a great guy. I have all the respect in the world for him.

      "I think everyone's making a really big deal out of this and it's not a big deal at all. I've already talked to him before, he's a guy I've always looked up to. You've got to admire someone who is probably the greatest ever and still going strong. ... I've already had a conversation with him before when we practiced, so if we have one in the future, we'll have one and it will be cool."

      By custom, opposing quarterbacks usually shake hands after games, but Brady and Foles never did after the Eagles clinched their first Lombardi Trophy in Minneapolis. Brady has not been asked publicly about the lack of a handshake, and there's no indication as to whether it was intentional or simply prevented by postgame chaos.

      Foles was named MVP of the game after throwing for 373 yards, three touchdowns -- including the game-winner -- and an interception, while Brady set a playoff record with 505 passing yards, in addition to three touchdowns and a lost fumble that helped the Eagles secure the win in the fourth quarter.

      While the memories of last season remain fresh, Foles isn't focused on comparing the two sides.

      "This is a new season, new people, new players," he said. "Obviously we wear the same logos as last year but we both have a new identity. This is the time of year where we grow together as teams, so that's all I'm really focusing on."

      --Field Level Media