Tim Jennings gasped and bent forward, a series of post-practice sprints leaving him spent. The Bears' voluntary April minicamp had just finished and the 31-year-old cornerback was intent on getting in some extra conditioning.
The National Football League introduced a rules change this week that has folks all aflutter, mainly because it's the offseason and people are willing to talk about Deflategate or, if you prefer, Ballghazi, only so long. As a former player in the NFL, I've been recruited to offer some guidance.
Derek Carr is expected to be throwing well before training camp begins in July and may take the field before the end of organized team activities, a source close to the Raiders' quarterback said Thursday.
Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players — often illegally — as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.