Parker Waters for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
5hMike Triplett

Hurricane Katrina: Superdome exceeds stadium savior's 'wildest dreams'

"I never thought we would be where we are today," Doug Thornton says as he ponders the comeback story of New Orleans' iconic stadium.


Watch: NFL Live

"NFL Live" offers timely insight from the pro football world: 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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6hTodd McShay

McShay: Top TE prospects for 2016

Which tight ends are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes O.J. Howard and Pharaoh Brown.

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6hVaughn McClure

Falcons owner set to relinquish some duties

Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank plans to hire a chief executive officer to oversee all of his for-profit businesses, including the Falcons, he said in a statement released to ESPN.com.

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McShay: Top WR prospects for 2016

Which wide receivers are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes Michael Thomas and Laquon Treadwell.

Tannehill's haters could be quieted (1:06)


Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Johnny Manziel probably will miss the Browns final two preseason games due to a sore elbow. He will miss Tampa Bay on Saturday, and coach Mike Pettine said the fast turnaround before the final game means Manziel probably won't play against Chicago the following Thursday.

Livin' La Vida Gronk

When your 4 older brothers are or have been professional athletes, but your dad calls you "probably the best pure athlete to come out of our house," that's a Gronk-sized honor. That's Glenn Gronkowski. The youngest Gronk

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Bill Williamson ESPN Staff Writer 

No Clive Walford again. It's getting late for him to be ready for opener in 17 days.

Bill Williamson ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders stretching out for practice.

Field Yates @FieldYates

Players that, as of now, won't be on the field for opening night: Tom Brady Le'Veon Bell LeGarrette Blount Martavis Bryant Maurkice Pouncey

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints Sean Payton said taking his daughter to college yesterday was a "lump in your throat kind of day." Also said a good portion of the day was spent at WalMart to help organize the dorm room clutter.

Steelers WR Bryant faces 4-game ban

Martavis Bryant is facing 4-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. His suspension is under appeal. Bryant caught 8 TD passes last season.

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Tomlin: Preseason talk 'waste of time'

By playing in the Hall of Fame game, the Steelers will have 5 preseason games. But coach Mike Tomlin doesn't want to hear about it: "Some of the things we spend a lot of time talking about are irrelevant, out of our control."

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14 days away from the start of the NFL season. Here's everything you need to know about the Bills #In15Seconds.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he's not focused on Baltimore's pass rush after a game in which he was hit six times in eight pass attempts. "If you step on the field and feel this is a daunting task, then you shouldn't step on the field."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens QB Joe Flacco on his "party fail" commercial: "I don't think I'm getting too bad of a reception, but I'm still not going to watch it."

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Johnny Manziel on the field but not practicing. Would indicate he's not playing Saturday and is shut down through the weekend.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Manti Te'o (shoulder) not practicing for a third straight day, unlikely to play vs. Seahawks. Kavell Conner likely next man up with Te'o unavailable.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Keenan Lewis and LB Hau'oli Kikaha returned to practice Thursday. CB Brandon Browner and LB Ramon Humber increased their work off to the side with trainer. Among those still absent: RBs CJ Spiller and Khiry Robinson, WR Nick Toon, S Jairus Byrd, CB PJ Williams, LBs Dannell Ellerbe, Anthony Spencer and Ronald Powell.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Donald Butler works through bag drill during individual period at Chargers Park.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens reach two-year deal with safety Will Hill. "It means a lot to me," Hill said. "I wanted to be a Raven."

Lynch no longer needs to pay $75k fine

Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman on ESPN Radio react to the news that Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch does not need to pay his $75K fine to the NFL.


Pro Football HOF honors Welter, Thomas

Cardinals coaching intern Jen Welter will have the shirt she wore during the Aug. 15 preseason game displayed in Canton, as well as a flip card signed by Welter and Sarah Thomas, the first female full-time official in NFL history.

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Players to avoid drafting early

ESPN fantasy analysts Field Yates and Matthew Berry explain why they hesitate to draft Bills RB LeSean McCoy and Bears RB Matt Forte.


Fantasy Focus: Pondering Jordan Reed

Matthew Berry and Field Yates think that Jay Gruden’s offense has been fantasy friendly toward tight ends, so you should be thinking Redskins tight ends this year. Listen to the podcast

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EJ Manuel gets the nod for Saturday

Bills coach Rex Ryan named Manuel the team's starting QB for their next preseason game vs. the Steelers. Manuel, Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel are battling for the starting spot.