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NFL updates COVID-19 protocols: Vaccinated players largely returning to pre-pandemic normal at work
May 26, 2021
The NFL announced sweeping changes to its COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday. Vaccinated players are largely returning to pre-pandemic normal at work, while unvaccinated players must continue adhering to restrictions put in place for the 2020 season.
2021 NFL schedule release: Six key takeaways; plus, games to watch
May 12, 2021
Judy Battista reveals six key takeaways from the 2021 NFL schedule, which features a new 18-week slate full of excitement. And it begins with a compelling kickoff game between Dak Prescott's Cowboys and Tom Brady's Buccaneers.
NFL launching video series in support of Mental Health Awareness Month
May 04, 2021
The NFL is launching a series of videos in support of Mental Health Awareness Month. Judy Battista discusses how the league is taking steps to reach its players, fans and the general public about prioritizing mental health and wellness.
Urban development: Jaguars coach building culture for longterm success
May 01, 2021
With Urban Meyer leading the culture change and No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence installed as the franchise QB, things are looking up for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finally appear set up for sustainable success, writes Judy Battista.
NFL, NFLPA release results of annual helmet testing: Three previously approved models now prohibited
Apr 20, 2021
The NFL and the NFL Players Association released results of their annual helmet testing, Judy Battista reports. Three helmets that were previously approved for use are now listed as prohibited, which brings the total of prohibited helmets to 16.
Sam Darnold trade: Who are the winners and losers?
Apr 05, 2021
The Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Panthers on Monday, nearly three years after selecting him No. 3 overall. Will the QB benefit from a fresh start? Can Carolina rest easy now at the position? Judy Battista breaks down the winners and losers of the deal.
Drew Brees creates impactful Hall of Fame career with New Orleans Saints in rare second act
Mar 14, 2021
Judy Battista discusses the illustrious career of quarterback Drew Brees and how he went from being one of the league's greatest free-agent signings to helping rebuild a city and creating a Hall of Fame career with the New Orleans Saints in a rare second act.
Five takeaways from Dak Prescott's huge deal with Cowboys
Mar 08, 2021
Dak Prescott can be happy for millions of obvious reasons, and the Cowboys can be happy for finally wrapping up a negotiation that should have been done two years ago. Those are the most important points. But there are other key takeaways from the latest quarterback blockbuster move of the offseason, Judy Battista writes.
Tom Brady's seventh Super Bowl win the crowning achievement of his NFL career
Feb 08, 2021
In winning Super Bowl LV, Tom Brady elevated a moribund franchise, further delayed demands to pass the baton to one of the game's most talented QBs and earned the crowning achievement of his illustrious career, Judy Battista writes.
Would a Super Bowl LV win be the greatest of Tom Brady's career?
Feb 06, 2021
On Sunday, Tom Brady will play in his 10th Super Bowl and look to win his seventh championship. Looking back on all of his accomplishments, Judy Battista discusses whether a Super Bowl LV win would be the greatest of Brady's career.
Roger Goodell unsure what 2021 season will look like: 'I don't know when normal will occur again'
Feb 04, 2021
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media Thursday just days away from Super Bowl LV. Goodell told reporters he is not sure what next season will look like but the league has "learned to operate in a very difficult environment."
Former Giants teammates' support for Jason Pierre-Paul means rooting for once-enemy Tom Brady in Super Bowl
Feb 02, 2021
Nine years ago, Jason Pierre-Paul helped the Giants beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Now, those two players are trying to win a ring together with the Bucs. Judy Battista reports from Tampa on the strange position JPP's former Giants teammates find themselves in as a result.
CDC, NFL hope findings of what makes a close contact high risk will limit public spread of COVID-19
Jan 25, 2021
A CDC paper published Monday stated that the NFL found transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 occurred in less than 15 minutes of cumulative contact between individuals and therefore brought about the league redefining what constituted high-risk close contact.
Tom Brady back in familiar postseason spot after Buccaneers beat Saints in Divisional Round
Jan 18, 2021
The Buccaneers' 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday was really a credit to Tampa Bay's defense for generating timely plays and turnovers. But the Bucs were in the Divisional Round to begin with because they had gone all in this year with Tom Brady, Judy Battista writes.
Browns overcome adversity, past history to claim stunning wild-card victory over Steelers
Jan 11, 2021
The Cleveland Browns raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers and never looked back. Judy Battista reflects on the adversity the team has overcome to advance to next weekend's Divisional Round.
New York Jets partnering with four organizations as next step in social justice initiative
Dec 22, 2020
The New York Jets are taking the next step in their social justice initiative by providing financial support and other resources to four organizations. Judy Battista details the work it took to get to this point and what these partnerships can accomplish.
New York Jets' first win comes with ambivalence for long-suffering fan base
Dec 20, 2020
The Jets' first win of the 2020 NFL season -- a massive upset of the L.A. Rams -- came with conflicting emotions after New York lost its hold on the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Judy Battista explores why the fan base is filled with ambivalence rather than jubilance.
Browns' statement win over Titans legitimizes team as postseason threat
Dec 06, 2020
The Cleveland Browns have shown promise since Baker Mayfield was drafted. But after beating the Tennessee Titans in convincing fashion Sunday, the Browns have finally established themselves as a legitimate postseason threat, Judy Battista writes.
Taysom Hill's performance justifies Sean Payton's decision, investment in QB
Nov 22, 2020
Taysom Hill led the New Orleans Saints to a victory Sunday in his first career start at QB. His performance not only justified Sean Payton's decision to start him over Jameis Winston but planted seeds of being Drew Brees' potential heir apparent, Judy Battista writes.
Russell Wilson's Seahawks stumble again, blowing NFC West race wide open
Nov 15, 2020
With a Kyler Murray scramble and throw followed by a sensational DeAndre Hopkins TD catch, the Cardinals created a logjam atop the NFC West with the Seahawks and Rams. Judy Battista writes how the pecking order in the NFL's best division changed in the blink of an eye.
After terrible offensive showing, Buccaneers will need whatever they can get from Antonio Brown
Nov 09, 2020
Antonio Brown can likely still help provide touchdowns and wins, although neither he nor anybody else wearing a Buccaneers uniform did on Sunday night. Given how terrible the Bucs offense looked in the loss to another top-level team, it certainly looks like Tampa Bay needs Brown to provide whatever he can for as long as he can.
How football provided Bill Curry an education on race
Oct 30, 2020
As a 78-year-old white Southerner, Bill Curry is surprisingly blunt on the subject of racism, something he knew little about before joining the Packers 55 years ago. It was in Green Bay, Judy Battista writes, where a future Hall of Fame player changed his life.
NFL did not experience spike in preseason injuries despite significant offseason limitations
Oct 29, 2020
The NFL did not see a spike in injuries this preseason despite the complete absence of offseason training programs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Judy Battista gets reaction from Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer.
Success of Antonio Brown-Buccaneers partnership falls on Tom Brady's shoulders
Oct 23, 2020
After months of speculation, Tom Brady will soon reunite with his guy Antonio Brown in Tampa Bay. Judy Battista details why it'll be up to the legendary QB to ensure that the troubled receiver's arrival pans out for all parties involved.
Cam Newton leads new-look Patriots to quiet victory vs. Fins
Sep 13, 2020
Foxborough was quiet, but that didn't stop Cam Newton's play from being loud in his New England debut. Judy Battista illustrates the dramatically different atmosphere and the QB's thrilling performance in the Patriots' season-opening win over Miami.
Raiders among dark-horse playoff contenders in 2020
Aug 19, 2020
Less than a month away from the start of the 2020 NFL season, Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter identify dark-horse candidates. Which teams will advance to the playoffs after failing to make it last year? And which teams will miss the postseason after making it in 2019?
Cam Newton, Patriots eye opportunity for reinvention in 2020
Aug 07, 2020
How is Cam Newton meshing with his new team? Judy Battista writes that while the QB's personality appears unchanged as a Patriot, both he and the team will need a reinvention on the field for their union to be a success in 2020.
2020 NFL training camp: Intriguing storylines in unprecedented times
Jul 29, 2020
After an unimaginable offseason, NFL training camp is opening with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the most intriguing storylines to follow in the coming weeks? Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter weigh in.
NFL training camp amid COVID-19 pandemic: What you need to know
Jul 27, 2020
Judy Battista has a primer on how NFL training camp will operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. When will testing occur? What if a player chooses to opt out of the season? Will any teams have an advantage? Get all the answers here.
Players will receive daily COVID-19 tests for first two weeks of camp
Jul 20, 2020
NFL players will be tested every day for the first two weeks of training camp, Dr. Allen Sills said in a conference call, and it is expected that players will need more than one negative test before being cleared to enter team facilities.
NFL commits $250M over 10-year period to combat systemic racism
Jun 11, 2020
The NFL, which first began a social justice program after players protested police brutality and racial injustice several years ago, announced Thursday it will commit a quarter of a billion dollars over 10 years to a fund to combat systemic racism and support the battle against injustices faced by African Americans.
Important salary-cap negotiations loom for NFL, NFLPA
Jun 02, 2020
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Judy Battista report the NFL and NFLPA acknowledge that important negotiations are coming quickly to determine how to handle yearly salary caps for 2020 and beyond, considering there are likely to be steep revenue losses due to COVID-19.