August 2016

Here's a look at Thursday's NFL preseason games (all times EDT):
Ten years after taking office, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is arguably the most powerful front man in sports, and one of the least-loved. Most corporate boards would kill to have a guy like Goodell at the top. Last year, they approached $13 billion, a figure that would have put the NFL in the middle of the Fortune 500.
New Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase likes to talk trash to his players, and the team's performance in recent years has provided plenty of fodder. The Dolphins haven't had a winning season since Barack Obama became president. Last year they were outscored 139-65 by the rival Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have signed free agent safety Stevie Brown to a one-year contract.
The New York Giants have re-signed offensive tackle Will Beatty just two days before their preseason finale against the New England Patriots. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Giants have not announced the deal. A second-round draft pick by New York in 2009, Beatty was released in February after missing the 2015 season with a pectoral muscle injury.
Marcus Mariota says he probably wouldn't throw the ball again in the same situation, not after seeing how close his pass came to being intercepted. Luckily, Tennessee rookie Tajae Sharpe's focus never wavered. Instead, Sharpe caught the pass that Oakland cornerback Sean Smith just missed and finished off a 60-yard run in what Titans coach Mike Mularkey called a very impressive play.
Jason Witten stood in the posh locker room at the new practice facility for the Dallas Cowboys, addressing a topic that came up frequently at musty old Valley Ranch - as recently as last year. Quarterback Tony Romo is hurt again, and his favorite tight end is here to tell you the Cowboys can make it work without him. Now Romo has a broken bone in his back - his fourth back injury in less than four years - and no timetable for a return.
The two young guys will be under center for the New York Jets' preseason finale. Coach Todd Bowles announced that ''probably'' both second-year quarterback Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg will play against Philadelphia on Thursday night, with backup Geno Smith sitting out. Bowles had said on Monday that he wasn't sure if Smith would also play, but ultimately decided he wanted to give the inexperienced quarterbacks game action.
In some ways, the Patriots' last preseason game against the New York Giants on Thursday will serve as a sort of going away party for Tom Brady. Brady's four-game suspension for his role in ''Deflategate'' begins Saturday as New England shifts to the regular season. Once it starts, Brady won't be eligible to rejoin the active roster until Oct. 3.
Stephon Gilmore remembers one of the last times he was ever pushed around on the football field. Growing up in South Carolina, the Buffalo Bills cornerback was in the 10th grade when he and the rest of the South Pointe high school defense was essentially bowled over by an opponent's run-heavy, wing-T offense. A few days later, the self-described ''scrawny'' kid approached coach Bobby Carroll, asking for the keys to the weight room so he could start working out on Sundays.

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