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Raiders sign 1st-rounders Ferrell, Abram

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders signed first-round draft picks Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram on Tuesday.

Ferrell, a defensive end from Clemson, was selected fourth overall by the Raiders in April. A three-year starter and two-time national champion, Ferrell started in all 44 games he played. He made 166 tackles, including 50 for loss, 27 sacks, had seven passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a Tiger.

Ferrell left Clemson as the second player in school history with two first-team All-America honors. In 2018, Ferrell won the Ted Hendricks Award given to the nation's top defensive end. He made 55 tackles, including 20 for loss, with 11 1-2 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, with one returned for a touchdown. Ferrell was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last season.

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NFL, NCAA team up on player safety

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NFL's top medical experts are asking college football physicians and trainers to help make the game safer.

They want the NCAA to pitch in, too.

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Fans honor Bowlen at public tribute

DENVER (AP) Some wore full costumes and others sported jerseys, including one Denver Broncos supporter with "P. Bowlen" on the back. Quite a few devotees stood in the rain for about an hour before making their way inside the stadium.

The fans arrived in droves Tuesday to pay respect to owner Pat Bowlen, who died last week at 75 after a long battle with Alzheimer's, and just two months shy of his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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QB McCown retires, joins ESPN as analyst

NEW YORK (AP) Josh McCown was sometimes the starting quarterback, often the backup - and always among the most-respected and well-liked players in whatever locker room he was in.

And there were many.

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Jaguars fine absent LB Smith $88,650

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Absent linebacker Telvin Smith says the Jacksonville Jaguars fined him $88,650 for missing the team's mandatory, three-day minicamp this week.

Smith posted a picture of the fine letter on his Instagram story Saturday, adding "it's still love!!" The letter shows the Jaguars fined him $14,775 for missing the first day, $29,550 for the second and $44,325 for the third. The letter says the fines are required by the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Texans drop pursuit of Pats exec for GM

HOUSTON (AP) The Texans have dropped their pursuit of Patriots executive Nick Caserio for their vacant general manager's job, and New England has withdrawn the grievance it filed against Houston.

Texans owner Cal McNair released a statement Friday saying the Texans would no longer seek interviews with Caserio.

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Ex-TE Winslow to be retried on 8 counts

VISTA, Calif. (AP) Former pro football player Kellen Winslow Jr. will be retried after a jury convicted him of raping a homeless woman but failed to agree on eight other criminal charges, including the rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen in 2003, California prosecutors said Friday.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Owens said at a hearing in San Diego County Superior Court that five women who testified against Winslow at the first trial will be back on the witness stand at a second trial set for September.

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Landry: Browns' new drama 'a non-issue'

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) Jarvis Landry's not worried about the Browns bickering.

The splashy wide receiver said Friday he doesn't believe recent harsh comments quarterback Baker Mayfield made about disgruntled running back Duke Johnson will affect chemistry for a Cleveland team dealing with high expectations.

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Lions waive TE Roberts after trade nixed

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions waived tight end Michael Roberts after trying to trade him to the New England Patriots.

The Lions say trade conditions put Roberts back on the team's roster before they took him off it for the second straight day.

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Cowboys TE Gathers gets 1-game drug ban

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has been suspended for the first game in 2019 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The decision Friday came about 10 months after the former Baylor basketball player was arrested on a marijuana possession charge. The arrest came just before the final cuts of the preseason last year, but he still made the roster.

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