Here are the new NFL rules for 2020, as approved by team owners

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    No, there will not be a 4th-and-15 alternative to the onside kick for teams to try during the 2020 NFL season. But three of the seven playing rules proposals NFL team owners considered this offseason passed Thursday as new rules for 2020, as did one of three bylaws proposals.

    The onside kick alternative proposal, submitted by the Eagles, was tabled by NFL team owners because more discussion of the potential rule change is needed. (Which is probably true.)

    DeCOURCY: Proposed onside kick rule change should be booted off the planet

    The rule amendment that would have added a "booth umpire" as the eighth game official to the officiating crew was withdrawn, but team owners did approve the competition commi[......]


    Bruce Arians thinks all Buccaneers players will get COVID: 'Just a matter of how sick they get'

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    Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians is known to speak whatever is on his mind even if what he says makes somebody uncomfortable. What the 67-year-old said in a Monday interview with the Tampa Bay Times should make uncomfortable anybody who cares about the 2020 NFL season being played, on schedule or otherwise, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Arians, who retired from coaching in 2017 after a kidney cancer diagnosis before he returned in 2019 to coach the Bucs, spoke with the Times about the personal precautions he will take when and if the season begins. He is worried for players as much if not more than he is for the coaches.

    “(81-year-old offensive consultant) Tom (Moore) is probably the healthiest one of all of us," Arians said. “We’ve got to be careful. The players, they’re going to all get sick, that’s for sure. It’s just a matter of how sick they get.”

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    Arians' quote about player health and safety appeared in the Times on the same day NFL Players Association president J.C. Tretter published a letter that implores the NFL to “follow the recommendations of its own experts” relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and, among other requests, eliminate preseason games for the 2020 season.

    “Every decision this year that prioritizes normalcy over innovation, custom over sci[......]


    Adam Gase on Jamal Adams trade: 'He didn't want to be here'

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    Adam Gase cited Jamal Adams' reluctance to remain a part of the New York Jets as the primary reason behind his blockbuster trade to the Seattle Seahawks.

    Adams, an All-Pro safety, was shipped to the Seahawks on Saturday along with a fourth-round draft pick in a move that cost Seattle two first-round picks, a third-round selection and defensive back Bradley McDougald.

    While the haul the Jets recouped was significant, they gave away their best player of the past decade, and one who was under contract for at least the next two seasons.

    But Adams' relationship with the Jets had been strained, and he publicly took shots at both Gase and general manager Joe Douglas just a day before the move was announced. Upon learning he had been dealt, Adams — who had requested a trade from the Jets this offseason having been frustrated at a lack of progress on contract talks — filmed himself smoking a cigar.

    "Every situation is different with every player. For us, we look at it as we want guys who want to be here," Gase told reporters on a conference call. "Obviously he didn't want to be here anymore so the decision was made to move on.

    Deshaun Watson trade rumors: Patriots, Dolphins, 49ers among best fits for disgruntled Texans QB

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    The Texans haven't had a good year of making franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson happy, despite giving him a 4-year, $156 million contract extension right before the 2021 season. It started last March when they traded his go-to wide receiver Deandre Hopkins to Arizona. And it may end with Houston trading Watson himself.

    The Texans appeased Watson a bit in removing now former offensive-minded general manager/ coach Bill O'Brien during the season — resulting in the best statistical performance of his career. But they have repor[......]


    J.K. Dobbins injury update: Ravens running back (knee) out for season

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    J.K. Dobbins has suffered a season-ending torn ACL, per a report from Adam Sc夜网论坛hefter.

    Dobbins went down with roughly nine minutes remaining in the first quarter of Baltimore's game vs. Washington after he was sandwiched between two defenders.

    According to reports by Schefter and Ian Rapoport, Dobbins' MRI early Sunday was merely to determine the extent of the damage; the early diagnosis was that it was season-ending,


    Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins suffered the worst kind of injur[......]


    Andrew Bynum officially signs with Indiana Pacers

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    The Indiana Pacers have officially signed Andrew Bynum to a contract, which positions them to continue to dominate in the paint.

    Bynum will be brought on as Roy Hibbert's backup center, which is a luxury not many teams can fathom. The move has to be a strategic ploy to keep a big body on the court when the Pacers face off with the Miami Heat.

    “It will be great to back up Roy, and I’ll do whatever I can to help this team,” Bynum said.

    Per Ken Berger of CBSSports, Bynum will sign a $1 million deal for the remainder of the season, which is a low-risk deal for the Pacers.

    Previously, Bynum signed a heavily incentive-based contract for two years over $24 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason. The Cavaliers suspended Bynum without pay for conduct detrimental to the team, and those personal issues led to the team to trade Bynum to the Chicago Bulls, who later waived him.

    Indiana is well aware of those issues, but, as Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said, Indiana will not judge him based on outside issues.

    "You hear all the negativity," Bird said 夜网论坛to the Indianapolis Star. "I never judge a person or take somebody else's advice… I like to find out on my own."

    And, because there were rumors that Bynum no longer had love for basketb[......]


    Andrew Bynum to make Tuesday debut for Indiana Pacers

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    The Indiana Pa夜网论坛cers will welcome Andrew Bynum to game-time action for the first time this season when he debuts on Tuesday, according to

    Indiana, set to face off with the Boston Celtics, are in need of another big body with Ian Mahinmi fighting off a rib injury. Some 38 days after joining the team, Bynum will get his shot.

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    “Andrew’s going to play tonight,” Vogel said. “Ian Mahinmi is banged up. He got a bruised rib the other night and is unavailable. We were looking at this week to bring Andrew back anyway.”

    Vogel plans to ease Bynum back into the lineup, with a 16-minute limit placed on his first appearance for the Pacers. Bynum has traveled with the team and participated in practice, which game Vogel more than enough evidence the center was prepared to play. There are still improvements to be made, Vogel said.

    “I think his conditioning has just come a little bit more each week that he’s been working here,” Vogel said. “They’ve done a lot to strengthen his knees to minimize the soreness. Once he’s out there, when he’s playing, he’s a heck of a basketball player. We know that. It’s just a matter of getting him in that game shape and getting him up to speed with our system.

    “He’s got great size protecting the rim and then on the offensive end, he’s very, very, very skilled. Everybody talks about how big he is but nobody talks about h[......]


    TNT's Shaquille O'Neal under investigation for assault allegations

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    The Atlanta Police are investigating assault allegations against Shaquille O'Neal, according to a WSB-TV report .

    The television station obtained a police report that detailed a May 2013 incident in which O'Neal, a former NBA star and current basketball analyst for TNT, is alleged to have caused "permanent injuries" to a co-worker.

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    “(The co-worker) alleged Shaquille O’Neal tackled him to the ground causing injury to his back while they were at work at Turner夜网论坛 Studios,” Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon told the station.

    O'Neal's coworker, Robert Williams, told Atlanta Police that O'Neal "tackle-punched" him and fell down on top of him, causing his back injury.

    For O'Neal's part, attorney, Dennis Roach, said in a statement, “This was nothing more than horseplay. No one intended for anyone to get injured.” Williams disputes the assertion that his injuries were received as part of any "horseplay."



    Unfair to pick winner in Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins trade

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    Now that Andrew Wiggins is in Minnesota and Kevin Love is in Cleveland, an examination of the deal between the Timberwolves and the Cavaliers 夜网论坛has begun.

    With LeBron James approaching the twilight of his prime and Wiggins perhaps years from his, a forced conversation has put folks at odds between the two teams when no such sentiment is necessary. Comparing the pieces of the trade to each other, or trying to decide the victor before the season has even begun, has become increasingly futile.

    MORE: Wolves owner criticizes Love | Love answers Taylor | How Love picked No. 0

    It's all rather silly how we got here.

    Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders played his situation perfectly, demanding high-value players from both the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors as negotiations ran their course over the summer. When Steve Kerr and Jerry West pulled Klay Thompson off the table, Saunders balked at any package sending his three-time All-Star further West in exchange for Harrison Barnes and what was left of David Lee.

    Saunders forged ahead, with a public expectation that he would either trade Love for the right pieces or hold on to him, building a roster around him and, ultimately, putting the pressure on the power forward to follow through with his expressed desire to leave the franchise.

    It worked.

    Minnesota not only grabbed the No. 1 overall pick from 2014 in Wiggins, but the top selection from 2013 in Anthony Bennett and a capable[......]


    Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard will not defend Skills Challenge title

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    Still upset about his snub from the Western Conference All-Star roster, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard seems intent to freeze out the weekend all together.

    Lillard, who participated in five events last year, will not defend his back-to-back titles in the Skills Challenge, according to Shams Charania of夜网论坛

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    The NBA can force players to participate and defend their titles in All-Star Weekend events, as noted. But NBA commissioner Adam Silver could have given Lillard a pass because he understands the plight of the Portland star.

    Last year, Lillard won in a tandem format with Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke, who would like to defend his title.