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NFL, union working on anthem resolution

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The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution.

The league and its players union issued a joint statement late Thursday, hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.

"The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing," the statement read.

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Falcons won't redo WR Jones' contract

ATLANTA (AP) Stifled by the salary cap, the Atlanta Falcons won't be offering Julio Jones a more lucrative contract.

Not this year, at least.

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Vikings sign first-round pick Hughes

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed first-round pick Mike Hughes, putting their entire eight-player draft class under contract the week before training camp begins.

The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Hughes was the 30th overall selection, the highest drafted defensive player in Central Florida program history. Hughes made a strong impression during spring practices with the Vikings, taking turns at the nickel cornerback position and also working as a kickoff returner.

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Mowins, Griese to call MNF opener

ESPN is going with a fresh approach for its first 2018 regular-season broadcast of "Monday Night Football."

Two announcers with plenty of NFL credentials but far more entrenched in the college game these days will be handling the Jets-Lions game from Detroit: Beth Mowins and Brian Griese.

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Bears anxious to see how new pieces fit

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears made sweeping changes to lift a struggling franchise, and general manager Ryan Pace can't wait to see how it all comes together.

The next big step is here.

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Titans' Casey to continue anthem protest

Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey says he plans to protest during the national anthem this season, even if it means getting a fine.

Casey tells CNN that "I'm going to take a fine this year, why not? I'm going to protest during the flag. That's what I'm going to say now."

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4-time All-Pro CB Revis retires

Revis Island is closed for business.

Darrelle Revis, a star cornerback with the New York Jets and a Super Bowl winner with their archrivals, the New England Patriots, has retired.

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Steelers WR Brown gets Madden 19 cover

We already know that Antonio Brown has made it to the top of the NFL. Now, he's made it onto the cover of the video game he played as a youngster while dreaming of getting to the NFL.

EA SPORTS unveiled Brown on Wednesday as the cover guy for Madden NFL 19 and Madden NFL Overdrive. The game will be available Aug. 10 worldwide.

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Saints reach deal with veteran RB Vereen

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran running back Shane Vereen in a move that could help the club respond to Mark Ingram's early season suspension.

Vereen, whose signing was announced by the club on Wednesday, has served as a runner and receiver with New England and the New York Giants during seven NFL seasons.

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Cards TE Seals-Jones arrested in hotel

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones has been arrested after allegedly pushing an employee while forcing his way into a hotel to use a restroom.

Scottsdale police said the 23-year-old was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing.

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