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Nathaniel Hackett, Byron Leftwich, Patrick Graham among young NFL coaches to watch
Nov 17, 2021
For the fifth year in a row, Tom Pelissero compiles a list of coaching prospects under 45 to keep an eye on. Will the Packers' Nathaniel Hackett, the Buccaneers' Byron Leftwich or the Giants' Patrick Graham snag a top job soon?
NFL officials acknowledge refs erred on multiple calls against Bears in Week 9 loss to Steelers
Nov 14, 2021
Members of the NFL's officiating department who reviewed the game acknowledged that referee Tony Corrente and his crew erred on at least three separate critical calls and non-calls that went against the Bears in their loss to the Steelers, per Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
Multiple teams offered packages, including three first-round picks, for Deshaun Watson
Nov 07, 2021
Multiple NFL teams offered packages including three first-round draft picks and two third-round picks for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in talks with the Texans before last week's trade deadline, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.
Dak Prescott will go through normal pregame warmup Sunday night in hopes of green light
Oct 31, 2021
Dak Prescott is pushing to play Sunday night, and the Dallas Cowboys plan to have their star quarterback go through his normal pregame warmup routine to test his strained calf before making a final decision on whether he'll start against the Minnesota Vikings, sources say.
NFL plans to enact new enhancements to Rooney Rule ahead of next hiring cycle
Oct 26, 2021
The NFL plans to inform owners at the league's fall meeting Tuesday of new enhancements to the Rooney Rule for the upcoming hiring cycle, including mandating at least one in-person interview with an external minority candidate for head coach and general manager jobs.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott expected to be ready for Week 8 prime-time clash against Vikings
Oct 24, 2021
A calf injury has cast a shadow over Dak Prescott during the Cowboys' bye week. Barring an unforeseen setback, however, Dallas doesn't expect its star QB to be too affected by the ailment entering Week 8.
Solidifying new coach, offensive adjustments among Raiders' priorities following Jon Gruden's resignation
Oct 17, 2021
Jon Gruden's departure cast a dark cloud over the entire Raiders organization. All eyes will be on owner Mark Davis in the months ahead to see how the club rebounds from the debacle. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero examine what's next for Davis and the Raiders.
Authorities approve Saints' return to Caesars Superdome after Hurricane Ida, fire
Sep 26, 2021
After Hurricane Ida displaced the team last month and a small fire started on the roof of the Caesars Superdome this past week, the governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans informed the NFL that the Caesars Superdome is ready to host the Saints' home game next Sunday, Oct. 3, against the New York Giants.
Multiple teams calling on free-agent CB Richard Sherman, who expects to play in 2021
Sep 19, 2021
Multiple NFL teams have reached out in recent days to five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman, who has been undergoing therapy since a July arrest. The veteran expects to be on the field at some point in 2021.
Browns' Ronnie Harrison fined $12,128 for altercation with Chiefs coach Greg Lewis on sideline
Sep 18, 2021
The NFL fined Browns safety Ronnie Harrison $12,128 for last week's shoving match with Chiefs running backs coach Greg Lewis, who received a warning from the league after the incident that led to Harrison's ejection in last Sunday's opener, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports.
Cowboys' Mike McCarthy, Dak Prescott weigh in on blossoming relationship, QB's injury, more
Aug 12, 2021
The Cowboys have encountered adversity again in 2021 with Dak Prescott's shoulder injury, but Tom Pelissero found the QB and coach Mike McCarthy striking an upbeat tone -- and reaching a new level of synergy in their relationship -- when meeting with them at Dallas' camp.
Virginia Tech CB prospect Caleb Farley's stock one of biggest questions in 2021 NFL Draft
Apr 27, 2021
Caleb Farley has dealt with a back injury for more than two years, and the Virginia Tech CB's draft stock is one of the bigger question marks as the 2021 NFL Draft approaches, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport report.
2021 NFL Draft: Six potential surprise first-rounders
Apr 27, 2021
The ramp up to the 2021 NFL Draft has been unique in myriad ways, so it's probably wise to expect the unexpected when the event begins on Thursday night. With that in mind, Tom Pelissero identifies six potential surprise first-rounders.
Ohio State QB Justin Fields managing epilepsy as he heads into 2021 NFL Draft
Apr 21, 2021
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has confirmed to NFL teams that he is managing epilepsy -- a neurological disorder that can cause seizures.
Cowboys will sign or tag Dak Prescott, have no medical concerns after two ankle surgeries
Feb 07, 2021
The Cowboys are expected to make a push to sign their quarterback to a long-term contract prior to the March 9 deadline for applying the franchise tag -- a sign they're confident in Prescott's ongoing recovery from multiple surgeries on the ankle he fractured in October.
New Orleans Saints facing discipline again for COVID-19 violations
Feb 06, 2021
The Saints are again facing discipline for violations of the NFL's policies on COVID-19 that may have contributed to one of their star players becoming infected, and the punishment is likely to be the biggest yet for their third offense.
Salary cap, vaccinations among NFL's big questions for 2021
Feb 03, 2021
As the Super Bowl draws near, there already is work taking place among the league, union and clubs to prepare for a whole new set of challenges and unknowns with COVID-19 continuing to interrupt business as usual in 2021, Tom Pelissero reports.
Two Chiefs players clipped by barber's positive COVID-19 test
Feb 02, 2021
A barber who recently cut the hair of two Chiefs players received a positive test result for COVID-19 on Sunday, per sources, leading to receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, six days before Super Bowl LV.
Matthew Stafford era in Detroit likely over as star QB requests trade
Jan 23, 2021
After meetings in recent weeks in which Matthew Stafford expressed a desire for a fresh start, the Lions understood his position and plan to begin discussing trade options in the coming weeks for their star quarterback, per sources.
NFL plans to expand regular season to 17 games per team in 2021
Dec 27, 2020
The NFL is planning to expand the regular season to 17 games in 2021 -- a historic move that would generate new revenue and could at least slightly soften an anticipated drop in the salary cap next year, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport report.
Browns lose top 4 receivers for Sunday's game vs. Jets after recovery pool encounters
Dec 27, 2020
Several Browns players were in the team's recovery pool area recently with LB B.J. Goodson, who learned Saturday he tested positive for COVID-19, and the NFL had video showing at least one of those players wasn't wearing a mask correctly during another interaction, Tom Pelissero reports.
NFL playoff bubbles a subject of active discussion as COVID cases rise
Nov 29, 2020
As COVID-19 cases rise around the country, the NFL has been affected more over the last two weeks that at any time since training camp began. The league is now considering its most dramatic action yet to prevent such situations in the postseason.
Titans fined $350K for COVID-19 violations; Raiders could be next
Oct 25, 2020
The Tennessee Titans have been fined $350,000 for COVID-19 protocol violations -- the result of a review by the NFL and NFLPA, which now have turned their attention to lapses surrounding multiple positive COVID cases with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Broncos RB Melvin Gordon dealing with strep throat, could face potential discipline from NFL for DUI
Oct 18, 2020
Broncos running back Melvin Gordon didn't make the trip to New England after being diagnosed with strep throat -- the end of a tumultuous week in which Gordon was cited for DUI, making him subject to a potential suspension and jeopardizing the remaining guarantees in his contract.
Titans could face discipline if review finds they did not follow COVID-19 protocol
Oct 04, 2020
When NFL and NFLPA officials descended upon Nashville to review the Titans' COVID-19 outbreak, it put the team in position to potentially face discipline for how they followed the jointly negotiated protocols.
An inside look at wild backstory behind Saints' last-ditch effort to sign Jadeveon Clowney
Sep 06, 2020
Making a final push late Saturday to land star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, the Saints got creative, attempting to pull off a move believed to be the first of its kind in NFL history – but couldn't get final clearance from the league.
2020 NFL Draft: Five players who could be first-round surprises
Apr 21, 2020
The unusual lead-up to the 2020 NFL Draft has opened the door for several surprise picks at the end of Round 1, Tom Pelissero writes. Which five under-the-radar prospects are generating first-round buzz as the draft draws near?
2020 NFL Draft: League execs, scouts, coaches assess QB class
Apr 16, 2020
How are top quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft viewed by the NFL? Tom Pelissero surveyed league execs, scouts and coaches from a dozen teams on this QB class. Here are their assessments and composite draft projections.
Free agent Everson Griffen says 2018 incident changed his life
Apr 10, 2020
Back in 2018, Everson Griffen's bizarre and frightening behavior became public spectacle. Now a free agent, the four-time Pro Bowler tells Tom Pelissero, "I'm happy that 2018 happened, because I wouldn't be sitting here today."
Vontaze Burfict plans to change, continue NFL career in 2020
Mar 12, 2020
Tom Pelissero catches up with pending free agent Vontaze Burfict, who is speaking publicly for the first time since being reinstated by the NFL after serving his latest suspension, one that spanned the final 12 games of last season.
NFL free agency: Byron Jones, Austin Hooper set for big paydays
Mar 11, 2020
How much loot will CB Byron Jones and TE Austin Hooper command on the open market? Ahead of free agency, Tom Pelissero talks to NFL executives and others around the league about non-quarterbacks who are in line for big paydays.
2020 NFL Scouting Combine: Biggest questions for top five QBs
Feb 23, 2020
With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine taking place in Indianapolis this week, Tom Pelissero uses conversations with NFL evaluators and decision-makers to determine the biggest questions facing the top five QBs in this draft class.
NFL execs pick awards: Who's MVP? DPOY? Coach of the Year?
Dec 18, 2019
A panel of media members votes on the NFL's major awards, but what if the league's top talent evaluators voted instead? Tom Pelissero surveys 24 high-ranking executives on MVP, Coach of the Year and the rest of the top individual honors.
Mike Zimmer's title vision: Vikings coach ready to fight back
Sep 19, 2019
Mike Zimmer has weathered 10 surgeries on his eyes in recent years and plenty of other adversity during his quarter of a century in the NFL, but Tom Pelissero finds a man with no interest in throwing in the towel during a visit to the Vikings coach's ranch.
2019 NFL Draft: Four players who could be first-round surprises
Apr 17, 2019
There always are some surprise picks near the bottom of the first round of the NFL draft, and there's a sense the 2019 edition could have more than usual. Tom Pelissero reveals four prospects who could go much higher than you think.
Keys to Sean McVay's, Sean Payton's differing offensive methods
Jan 18, 2019
Sean McVay's Rams and Sean Payton's Saints rank second and third in the NFL in scoring, respectively, despite using contrasting offensive strategies. Tom Pelissero provides an in-depth look at the strategy fueling each coach's approach.
NFL refs union head on criticism: 'We call what we're told to call'
Oct 11, 2018
Amidst a wave of recent complaints from coaches and players about officiating, Tom Pelissero talks to the head of the refs union about this season's unique challenges. NFLRA executive director Scott Green: "We call what we're told to call."
2018 NFL Draft QB rankings: Execs like Sam Darnold over Allen
Apr 24, 2018
The 2018 NFL Draft features a bevy of talented quarterbacks with different skill sets. How do they stack up against each other? Tom Pelissero spoke with officials from 15 NFL teams. Here is how they rank -- and evaluate -- each draftable player at the position.