Week 2 Of NFL Preseason Features Six National TV Games

– NFL To Experiment With Eighth Official This Week –

Football is back. All 32 teams have played at least one game. Now it’s on to Week 2 of the preseason with Kickoff Weekend rapidly approaching.

“It felt great to be out on the field competing against an opponent for the first time this year,” says Miami Dolphins quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL, who led an 85-yard drive and threw a touchdown pass in the team’s preseason opener at Chicago last week. “It’s definitely something we can build on and we want to be able to carry that moving forward.”

Six games will be featured on national TV, starting with the Buffalo Bills visiting the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night (8:00 PM ET, ESPN) and concluding with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Cincinnati Bengals in primetime on Monday (8:00 PM ET, ESPN).

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NFL, NFLPA Name James Thrash Appeals Officer For On-Field Player Discipline

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced today that JAMES THRASH will serve as an appeals officer for on-field player discipline beginning this season.

Thrash, a former wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles from 1997-2008, will hear player appeals of on-field discipline.

Following his 12-year NFL career, Thrash headed player development for Washington, helping coordinate an internship program for players as well as working with players and their families on financial programs and continuing education initiatives. Thrash then shifted his efforts to serving current and former players as part of the NFL Player Engagement staff, where he worked for three years.

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Seventeen Veteran Combine Participants on Rosters

With all 32 NFL teams in training camp, 47 players who attended an NFL Regional Combine and/or the NFL Super Regional Combine in 2015 currently hold roster positions. NFL clubs signed players from 2015 Regional Combines hosted from February through March, including 25 players who were invited to the Super Regional Combine at the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, AZ on March 21.

The inaugural Veteran Combine was held on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility and 17 players who participated in the Veteran Combine currently hold roster positions.

Twenty-six of the league’s 32 teams (81 percent) have at least one 2015 Regional Combine and/or Super Regional Combine participant on its roster. Six of those teams – ATLANTA (three), GREEN BAY (three), NEW YORK JETS (three), PHILADELPHIA (four), PITTSBURGH (three) and WASHINGTON (three) – retain at least three 2015 Regional/Super Regional Combine alums.

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We’re Back To Football! Full Slate Of Games With All 32 Teams In Action This Week

It’s time to get back to football!

“We’re looking forward to lining up against another team and playing in front of our fans,” says Arizona head coach BRUCE ARIANS, whose team will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

All 32 NFL clubs will be in action this week.

The preseason kicked off on Sunday with the NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. The other 30 NFL teams will make their season debuts this week.

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NFL Network Gives Exclusive Look at the 2014 Patriots with Bill Belichick & Entire Staff

With Unprecedented Access, NFL Films Conducts Exclusive Interviews with Chairman/CEO Robert Kraft, President Jonathan Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick & Entire Patriots Coaching Staff

“DO YOUR JOB: BILL BELICHICK AND THE 2014 PATRIOTS” Premieres Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Network provides an exclusive, inside look at how a championship team is built with Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 Patriots Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 PM ET.

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NFL Media Adds Maurice Jones-Drew, Ike Taylor & Jeffri Chadiha to Talent Roster

Jones-Drew & Taylor Join As Analysts for NFL Now & NFL Network

Chadiha to Report, Write & Contribute on a Variety of NFL Media Shows & Platforms

Former All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew, two-time Super Bowl champion Ike Taylor and veteran NFL reporter Jeffri Chadiha have joined NFL Media, it was announced today.

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UW Medicine to Open First-Of-Its-Kind Sports Health and Safety Institute with Major Foundational Gift from National Football League

$2.5 Million Gift to Help Advance Research on Sports- and Recreation-Related Concussions

UW Medicine today announced the launch of the Sports Health and Safety Institute to advance research, education and advocacy for the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions. In addition, the Institute will focus on studying the overwhelming health benefits of sports and how to best make these activities safer and thus healthier. The establishment of the first-of-its-kind institute is made possible by a foundational donation of $2.5 million by the National Football League (NFL).

The conceptualization for the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute is largely inspired by the personal story of Zackery Lystedt. In 2006, 13-year-old Zackery Lystedt was returned to play after suffering a head injury in a football game. He was later taken off the football field with major head trauma and treated at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center. Zack, his parents, and a large in-state coalition including the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, the Washington State Interscholastic Activities Association, business, community and medical groups were instrumental in the creation of the Zackery Lystedt Law, which regulates athletes’ return to play. The NFL advocated for the passage of similar youth sports concussion prevention laws across the country, leading to its adoption in all 50 states.

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Jameis Winston & Marcus Mariota Debuts Highlight NFL Network’s Preseason Week 1 Live Schedule

Free Preseason Editions of ‘NFL RedZone’ Thursday, August 13 & Friday, August 14 at 7:30 PM ET

Six Live Week 1 Preseason Games on NFL Network:

Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots – August 13 at 7:30 PM ET

Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers – August 13 at 10:30 PM ET

Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons – August 14 at 7:00 PM ET

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks – August 14 at 10:00 PM ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings – August 15 at 8:00 PM ET

Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles – August 16 at 1:00 PM ET

It’s time to get ‘Back to Football’ and NFL Network remains the go-to destination to do so, with six live games, re-airs of every Week 1 preseason game and two free preseason editions of NFL RedZone.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell & EVP Of NFL Ventures And Business Operations Eric Grubman – Press Conference From Special League Meeting On Los Angeles In Illinois

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell & EVP Of NFL Ventures And Business Operations Eric Grubman

Press Conference From Special League Meeting On Los Angeles In Illinois


Goodell: Good afternoon. You know that today’s session was scheduled to focus entirely on L.A. and the current markets, the three markets that we’ve been focused on. We had a full discussion with the membership for several hours. That was the only issue that was discussed. There were no voting matters today, so we did not take any votes or any show of hands, we simply had a discussion. Our objective coming into it was to make sure that every club understood exactly what was going on with the Los Angeles proposals, as we understand them, what was going on in each of those three markets – Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis. And also to give them a little bit of an understanding of how we’re thinking about the process, the timeline from here, including, particularly getting feedback from the clubs with respect to their views of what information they need to make the right kinds of decisions consistent with our relocation policy. Eric Grubman has been our senior executive in charge of it so I’m going to ask Eric to come up – he’ll talk about some of the key issues, and specific issues that we discussed today and then we’ll take questions – or, I’ll take questions.

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NFL To Return To Chicago For 2016 Draft; League To Develop Process For Future Site Locations

The National Football League will return to Chicago for the 2016 NFL Draft slated for April 28-30, Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and Mayor RAHM EMANUEL announced today.

The 2015 NFL Draft was held in Chicago, the first time the event was located outside of New York City in more than 50 years. More than 200,000 fans from across the country participated in the 2015 Draft festivities in Chicago, including the highly popular Draft Town, a free, three-day outdoor interactive fan football festival in Grant Park.

The Draft generated a total economic impact of $81.6 million, according to a Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University study commissioned by the Chicago Sports Commission.  Half of the attendees were from outside Chicago and generated 31,000 hotel nights; Another 5,600 hotel nights came from NFL staff, sponsors and media.

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