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More Black NFL retirees approved for dementia claims in rescored tests

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of Black NFL retirees denied payouts in the $1 billion concussion settlement now qualify for awards after their tests were rescored to eliminate racial bias. Changes to the settlement made last year are meant to make the tests race-blind. The use of “race norming” in the dementia testing made it more difficult …

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NFLer Earl Thomas’ house ‘a complete loss’ after massive fire

Firefighters battled a massive blaze at the home of ex-NFLer Earl Thomas on Thursday. Officials believe the former safety’s Orange, Texas house was struck by lightning, with Fox 4 Beaumont reporting the fire is under control — though crews “could be there for hours,” per 12NewsNow. Thomas was reportedly at the scene, but left. He …

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New York Jets add OT Duane Brown after Mekhi Becton’s serious knee injury

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — With right tackle Mekhi Becton likely sidelined the entire season with a knee injury, the New York Jets finalized a two-year, $22 million contract with offensive tackle Duane Brown, a five-time Pro Bowler, sources told ESPN . The veteran free agent visited with the Jets over the weekend, attending their annual …

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Tom Brady away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers to ‘deal with some personal things’

TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be away from the team for a period of time to “deal with some personal things,” coach Todd Bowles said Thursday. Bowles said Brady’s absence was discussed in advance and that he will return after next week’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 20. “This …

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RB James White retiring from NFL, says it was ‘an honor to represent’ New England Patriots

New England Patriots running back James White announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday. White, who re-signed with the Patriots on a two-year deal in the offseason, is on the team’s physically unable to perform list. He suffered a hip injury last September that ended his season and required surgery. White said in a …

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Cleveland Browns expect to start Deshaun Watson at quarterback in preseason opener at Jacksonville

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to start Friday’s preseason opener against the Jaguars. The team made the announcement Wednesday just before boarding a flight to Jacksonville. Watson and the Browns are waiting to see whether he will be suspended longer than the six-game suspension he was initially handed for violating …

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