Athlete health

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward (84) catches a touchdown pass beating out Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Landover, Md. Eagles won 37-27. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 17, 2019 - 12:51 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Greg Ward outplayed Patrick Mahomes to win a district championship in high school and was a star quarterback in college before converting to wide receiver in the pros and getting cut three straight years in training camp. Now, Ward is the most reliable wideout on the...
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In this Dec. 15, 2019 photo Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) sets up against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. The NFL has suspended indefinitely Josh Gordon for violating league policies on performance enhancers. Gordon was reinstated by the NFL in August after having been suspended indefinitely in December 2018, missing the final three games of last season for violations of the league's substance abuse policy. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
December 16, 2019 - 9:29 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The troubles that have followed Josh Gordon throughout his career continued Monday as the Seahawks wide receiver was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's drug policy again. Gordon tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and “substances of abuse...
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) hands pff to running back Chris Carson (32) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
December 16, 2019 - 9:04 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — This group of Seattle Seahawks won’t forget sitting on the tarmac in Charlotte, North Carolina, waiting to take off. Gathered around a cellphone on Sunday evening, the Seahawks watched as they not only clinched a playoff berth for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons thanks...
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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, left, talks with an official in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
December 16, 2019 - 8:48 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — After a day of analyzing film and thinking about it, Sean McVay came to an unlikely conclusion about the Los Angeles Rams' blowout loss in Dallas. It was just as bad as it looked. That's usually not the case for the ever-optimistic McVay or most football coaches, who...
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File-This photo taken Aug. 29, 2019, shows Tom Coughlin, executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars watching players warm up before an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Owner Shad Khan has a decision to make about the Jaguars (4-7), who are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Khan hired Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone at the same time in 2017, adding them to incumbent general manager Dave Caldwell and creating a triumvirate that worked well for two seasons. It now appears to be falling apart. Marrone took a shot at Coughlin on Tuesday, the first clear sign of internal strife. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
December 16, 2019 - 4:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Coughlin tried to fine former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler more than $700,000 for missing “mandatory” appointments with a team trainer or physician. It was just one example of how Coughlin has run roughshod over players since his return to...
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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Justin March-Lillard (53) intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) after Cowboys' cornerback Byron Jones, right, and Donovan Wilson (37) broke up the pass on a two-point conversion in the second half an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
December 16, 2019 - 3:46 am
The folks at NFL headquarters can relax: The NFC East winner will have at least a .500 record. That's barring a tie next week when Dallas visits Philadelphia, of course. And in this season of unpredictability — isn't December supposed to be dominated by the better teams? — anything from 55-55 to 3-...
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December 15, 2019 - 9:24 pm
Tampa Bay wide receiver Chris Godwin left the game on Sunday with a hamstring injury in the third quarter at Detroit. Godwin had five catches for 121 yards before being hurt in Tampa Bay’s 38-17 win. For the season, Godwin has 86 catches for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns for the Buccaneers (7-7...
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) sits next to the goal line after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
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December 15, 2019 - 7:52 pm
The Latest on Week 15 in the NFL (all times EST): 7:51 p.m. The San Francisco 49ers have ended a six-year playoff drought even though they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 29-22 in a wild finish in which they allowed 12 points in the final two seconds. That's right, 12 points in the last two seconds...
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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, left, is swarmed by Denver Broncos defenders during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 14, 2019 - 1:03 pm
The Houston Texans have won the AFC South three times in coach Bill O'Brien's five seasons, and they have led or shared the divisional lead all but three weeks this season. Adding a fourth title to that list means going through the franchise the Texans replaced in Houston. The Tennessee Titans last...
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Baltimore Ravens defensive end Jihad Ward, center, is congratulated by teammates after recovering a fumble by New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, not visible, during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
December 13, 2019 - 2:48 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Seven-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda owns a Super Bowl ring and has played on several excellent teams with the Baltimore Ravens, including seven that won at least 10 games and three that reached the AFC championship game. In his estimation, the current edition of the Ravens top...
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