Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal to play guard.

Peters has anchored the left side of Philadelphia's offensive line since 2009, but the 38-year-old was not re-signed following the 2019 season.

However, after right guard Brandon Brooks tore his left Achilles tendon last month, the Eagles have opted to bring back someone with familiarity to their system, agreeing to a deal with Peters worth up to $6 million, with $3 million in guarantees, according to the NFL Network.

An undrafted tight end out of Arkansas, Peters began his career with the Buffalo Bills in 2004 before being traded to the Eagles a week before the 2009 NFL Draft.

The nine-time Pro Bowler has appeared in 205 regular-season games and is considered one of the best tackles of the last decade, but has struggled with injuries the past few seasons.

He missed the Eagles' Super Bowl run in the 2017 season after tearing his ACL and MCL, suffered a torn biceps and a quad strain in 2018, and tore meniscus in his knee last year.

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has been released from a hospital in Rhode Island after undergoing treatment for COVID-19.  

The team announced the news in a statement on Monday, saying that Bidwill – who tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week after spending time on the East Coast – had his symptoms subside over the weekend.  

"This week I learned first-hand just how serious COVID-19 is," Bidwill said in the statement. "I'm very fortunate to have this experience behind me and strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important measures to avoid it themselves.” 

The state of Arizona saw a large spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases at the end of June and beginning of July. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the state has reported over 44,000 new cases since July 1.  

The club said that Bidwill has been working remotely since NFL facilities were shut down in March.  

Despite a flurry of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. in recent months, the NFL still plans to open training camps by the end of the month and kick off the season on September 10.  

The league and the players' union have yet to come to an agreement on testing protocols and safety measures for the season.

First Patrick Mahomes got paid, now he is a member of the “99 Club.” 

A week after signing a record 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs worth $503 million and $477 million in guaranteed mechanisms, EA Sports announced on Monday that Mahomes would have a 99 rating in the Madden NFL 21 video game. 

The 99 rating is the top rating a player can have in the game, and those with a perfect score are part of the “99 Club."

Mahomes was notified of the rating over the weekend by team-mate Travis Kelce in a video posted to Twitter by EA Sports.

In the video, the Chiefs tight end presents Mahomes with a package that contained a gold chain with a No. 99 emblem and a “99 Club” membership card. 

"I want to give a shoutout to EA Sports," Mahomes said in the video. "It's amazing feeling.

"When you grow up as a kid and you see those guys get that 99 rating it's a special thing, and to be able to get that 99 rating that's something I’ll forever have. It's a truly special moment."

Despite throwing 50 touchdowns passes in 2018 and earning NFL MVP honours, the 24-year-old Mahomes did not start last season with a 99 rating. 

His rating, however, did improve to a 99 as the season progressed and was capped with Mahomes leading the Chiefs to their first NFL championship in 50 years with a 31-20 come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. 

 

Washington's NFL team has decided to drop the name Redskins, widely seen as offensive to Native Americans.

Washington announced the move in a statement released on Monday following a review that began on July 3.

The team will also be dropping their logo, with majority owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera working on a new name and design approach for the franchise.

"On July 3, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team's name," the statement read. "That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.

"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.

"Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years."

The franchise began life as the Boston Braves in 1932 but adopted the name Redskins a year later, retaining it for the move to Washington in 1937.

Snyder has long been unmoved in the face of sustained public pressure to change the name. However, the team announced the review after widespread protests following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May, with the franchise receiving calls from key sponsors urging it to reconsider.

FedEx, which holds the sponsorship rights to Washington's stadium, informed the franchise on July 2 that it would ask for the company's name to be removed from the facility at the end of the 2020 season if the name Redskins was not retired.

Additionally, Nike ceased sales of Washington's official apparel while Walmart, Target and Amazon said they would pull the team's merchandise from their online stores.

Washington may not be the only major American sports franchise to change name this year. MLB's Cleveland Indians announced a review of their team name this month, though the Atlanta Braves are not set to do likewise.

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has been hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19.

The team said Bidwill had been traveling recently and was not feeling well this week, with a headache and fever. After testing positive,  Bidwill admitted himself to a hospital in Rhode Island following a recommendation by his doctor.

The Cardinals said his symptoms have subsided and he is expected to be released this weekend.

Bidwill has been working remotely since March and the team said he has not had in-person contact with coaches or players.

The 55-year-old Bidwill has been president of the family-owned team since 2007 after previously serving as vice-president and general counsel. His father and previous team owner, Bill, passed away in October.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have revealed plans that would allow a limited number of fans to attend 2020 home games, filling TIAA Bank Field to around a quarter of its 67,000 capacity.

The organisation also unveiled new safety protocols for staff and fans, including mandatory use of face coverings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Jaguars said the plan was designed "in compliance with state and local authorities and following CDC social distancing guidelines", a reference to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additional seating could become available if public health authorities approve such a move later in the season, the Jaguars said.

The club also declared a commitment to provide additional hand sanitising stations, convert all concessions and merchandise sales to a cashless format and provide in-stadium guidelines for social distancing.

The Jaguars first sent the plan to season ticket holders in an email before releasing details to the public. The season is due to begin on September 10.

Fans who own season tickets are eligible for full refunds or can apply the payments toward tickets this season or next season. Season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets, and any unsold seats will be available to single-game buyers.

The Jaguars said they are working with Ticketmaster to develop a seating plan to allow friends and family to attend games together while keeping a minimum of six feet between "unaffiliated parties".

Jacksonville became the third NFL franchise to unveil a plan for limited seating this season, after the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs.

Tom Brady admitted his move from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been made more difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Brady swapped the Patriots for the Buccaneers via NFL free agency following 20 seasons in Foxborough, where he won six Super Bowl championships.

The transition from New England to Tampa, however, has not been easy for the 42-year-old superstar quarterback amid the COVID-19 crisis.

"The biggest hurdle I've overcome recently I would say would be a transition of moving my life from one area where it's been for 20 years to a completely different area," Brady told reporters.

"That's been a big transition getting to know a new community, albeit in some very unique times, but also transitioning my life, getting a lot of my personal life moved to a new place and entering into new professional relationships with people and having to do that over FaceTime or Zoom calls.

"I think we're all just trying to do the best we can do at this point. It's a unique experience for us all and everyone is trying to make it work the best they can.

"For me, we're in a unique situation now where we're all home together and I think that's a great thing that I've experienced the last month, being in a house all together and getting to know each other in ways that we could never have if we'd been pulled in different directions.

"My kids are off at school and my wife's travelling, or I'm travelling, fulfilling different obligations. The reality is my family is very important to me, my career is very important to me and I've had a great time focusing on those two things the last four weeks."

Professional sports are returning in the United States, where there have been more than 3.2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and over 135,800 deaths.

The MLS is Back Tournament started on Wednesday, while the NBA (July 31) and MLB (July 23) seasons are preparing to resume this month after leagues were suspended in March.

The NFL sees no problem with players touching, sweating and breathing on one another in games, but as soon as the final whistle blows, it may be time for opposing players to immediately social distance.

League officials informed teams on Thursday of plans that could see players prohibited from post-game interactions within six feet of each other in an effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

It means exchanging jerseys, hugging and handshakes will be off limits, if the proposals, reported by the league's own NFL Network, get the go-ahead.

A jersey swap among opposing players has been a familiar sight on the field after games, as has been the obligatory embrace between each team's starting quarterback, but neither look like being permitted for the 2020 season, which is due to start on September 10.

The NFL's thinking was mocked by Richard Sherman, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback, who questioned how it can be "deemed unsafe" to carry out the swap given all the contact that has gone before.

As part of the 11-page document sent to each team outlining game-day protocol plans, teams have reportedly also been informed that players and coaches would not be required to wear masks on the sideline but other sideline personnel will be required to wear a face covering.

Media will also not be allowed in the locker room and anyone who arrives at the stadium and records a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter.

A report on NFL.com cited the NFL Network story, while adding: "The proposed protocols are set to be in effect during any preseason action, if agreed to. As are all things during the pandemic, they're subject to change as the science, data and situations develop."

Lewis Hamilton was warned he faced "potential consequences" if he wore a helmet paying tribute to Colin Kaepernick and therefore abandoned the plan.

Former NFL quarterback Kaepernick has been a divisive figure in the United States since he kneeled for the national anthem to protest social inequality and police brutality.

The demonstration has been adopted across the sporting world in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

Hamilton, Formula One's reigning champion and first black driver, was among those to follow suit as his season started last weekend.

But the Briton revealed ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix that he had initially planned a display relating to Kaepernick at the sport's American event.

"I was advised from outside, from someone in the States who was really quite high up, that it wasn't the time for me to be doing so," Hamilton explained.

"There were potential consequences for me doing it, so that's why they advised me not to do it. I don't remember who else was involved. It's not particularly important.

"I do still have that helmet that I've done for Colin. And I did speak to Colin about it, who was super supportive.

"I'm grateful that I was able to do it [take the knee] last weekend, and continue on the great movement I think he initially started [that] so many are continuing on today."

Julian Edelman has offered to take fellow NFL receiver DeSean Jackson to the Holocaust Museum following the Philadelphia Eagles wideout's anti-Semitic post.

Jackson apologised for a series of offensive posts made from his Instagram account over the weekend - including one with a quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler - with the Eagles calling their player's messages "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling".

Three-time Pro Bowler Jackson said he had "unintentionally hurt the Jewish community" and vowed to "educate myself".

New England Patriots wide receiver Edelman, who is Jewish, has now addressed Jackson's comments and offered him a deal to learn more about his community.

"I know he said some ugly things but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation," Edelman said in a video posted on his social media channels.

"I'm proud of my Jewish heritage and for me it's not just about religion, it's about community and culture as well. I'm unusual because I didn't identify as Jewish until later in my life. Whenever I encountered hatred, it never really felt like it was aimed at me.

"It was only after I was part of this community that I learned how destructive hate is. Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred, it's rooted in ignorance and fear."

Edelman, a three-time Super Bowl champion, went on to say he was subjected to anti-Semitic abuse in 2011 - two years after he entered the NFL.

"There's no room for anti-Semitism in this world," he added.

"Even though we're talking about anti-Semitism, I don't want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is and how we need to stay behind it.

"I think the black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities. One, an unfortunate similarity, is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful.

"It's really hard to see the challenges a community can face when you're not part of it so what we need to do is we need to listen, learn and act. We need to have those uncomfortable conversations if we're going to have real change.

"So, to that end, DeSean, let's do a deal. How about we go to [Washington] DC and I take you to the Holocaust Museum? And then you take me to the Museum of African American History and Culture? Afterwards, we grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations."

The Cleveland Browns signed offensive tackle and first-round draft pick Jedrick Wills Jr. to his four-year fully guaranteed rookie contract.  

Wills' deal is believed to be worth $19.7million and includes a reported $11.889m signing bonus. 

Selected 10th overall in this year's NFL Draft, Wills played right tackle at Alabama and yielded just one sack in 29 starts.

He protected left-handed Tua Tagovailoa's blindside in college but is expected to step in and start at left tackle in the NFL. 

Wills is the third top-10 pick to sign his NFL contract, along with Miami Dolphins quarterback Tagovailoa and Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Derrick Brown, the seventh overall selection.

 

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