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Players hoping "Deflategate" can usher in change

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tom Brady is free and Ramon Foster can't help but laugh. Sorry, the irony is just a little too delicious.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' guard remembers joining the rest of his teammates in declining to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the NFL Players Association in the summer of 2011 because of concerns it gave Commissioner Roger Goodell too much authority.

It's not over yet: What's next in the 'Deflategate' mess

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers — and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and appeals and even a college class in New England called "Deflategate."

And it's not over yet.

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Ellington has 70-yard touchdown catch, 49ers beat Chargers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick donned a red cap and sneakers, offered a quick side hug to third-string quarterback Dylan Thompson, then took his spot on the sideline for the San Francisco 49ers' 14-12 win against San Diego on Thursday night.

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Former ref Mike Carey now explains the calls

Mike Carey almost looks out of uniform dressed in a suit and tie. Where's the referee's outfit?

Carey has traded in his officiating garb for a spot on the CBS team covering the NFL. His job, like Mike Pereira with Fox and Gerry Austin with ESPN, is to explain the calls his former peers are making on the field.

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Pre-SeasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17Final
Poll Release: Aug 4
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Green Bay Packers (6)0-0375-
2Seattle Seahawks (4)0-0367-
3New England Patriots (2)0-0359-
4Indianapolis Colts0-0339-
5Denver Broncos0-0326-
6Dallas Cowboys0-0317-
7Baltimore Ravens0-0314-
8Pittsburgh Steelers0-0297-
9Arizona Cardinals0-0267-
10Cincinnati Bengals0-0262-
11Philadelphia Eagles0-0253-
12Detroit Lions0-0234-
13San Diego Chargers0-0222-
14Miami Dolphins0-0219-
14Carolina Panthers0-0219-
16Minnesota Vikings0-0214-
17Kansas City Chiefs0-0210-
18Houston Texans0-0204-
19Buffalo Bills0-0184-
20St. Louis Rams0-0162-
21New Orleans Saints0-0161-
22New York Giants0-0134-
23Atlanta Falcons0-0109-
24San Francisco 49ers0-0104-
25New York Jets0-0103-
26Chicago Bears0-091-
27Oakland Raiders0-069-
28Washington Redskins0-066-
29Cleveland Browns0-059-
30Tampa Bay Buccaneers0-041-
31Jacksonville Jaguars0-035-
32Tennessee Titans0-020-

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