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NFL clears Harrison, Matthews, Peppers

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NEW YORK (AP) NFL stars James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can start the regular season without having the specter of a league investigation over whether they used performance-enhancing drugs hanging over their heads.

The NFL cleared all three players on Wednesday, saying there was "no credible evidence" the players were guilty of any of the claims made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America in January.

An NFL statement said "the investigation involved witness interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials, electronic research, and laboratory analysis and review."

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Steelers, WR Brown restructure contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) The NFL's most productive receiver over the past three years is getting a raise commensurate with his star status.

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured Antonio Brown's current contract, giving him a $4 million advance against his 2017 salary. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details had not been made public. ESPN first reported the reworked deal.

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Appeal sends CTE case to Supreme Court

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case, filed by the son of an all-star and civil rights activist, has sent the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months.

The family of the late Buffalo Bills fullback Carlton "Cookie" Gilchrist asked the high court Tuesday to review whether the judge should have approved the potential $1 billion settlement without a full challenge to the scientific evidence presented jointly by both sides.

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2017 NFL draft headed to Philadelphia

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL will announce Thursday that the 2017 draft will be held in Philadelphia, a person with direct knowledge of the announcements tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the league has not made an official announcement of the move.

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Saints agree to deal with DL Kruger

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints and pass-rushing lineman Paul Kruger have agreed to contract terms, two days after the veteran was surprisingly released by the Cleveland Browns, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced.

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Zimmer confident QB Hill can lead Vikes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota's replacement plan for Teddy Bridgewater has received an emergency activation.

Shaun Hill will be the first remedy.

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Va. governor trying to lure Redskins

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is making no secret of his desire to lure the Washington Redskins to his state with the promise of a new stadium.

At the Redskins' annual preseason luncheon Wednesday, McAuliffe made a public, passionate case to owner Dan Snyder, boasting about Virginia's economy and connection to the military. McAuliffe said that 66 percent of season-ticket holders live in Virginia, which also has a substantial military population.

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Kaepernick set to play preseason finale

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Colin Kaepernick will get one more chance to impress coach Chip Kelly before the San Francisco 49ers announce their starting quarterback even as the debate surrounding Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem remains heated.

Kelly said Tuesday that Kaepernick will play in the team's final exhibition game Thursday night in San Diego after missing the first two preseason games with a tired shoulder. This will be Kaepernick's first game since he spoke publicly over his anthem protest, saying he won't stand during the anthem because of what he described as oppression of minorities in the United States.

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Chiefs move LB Houston to PUP list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tamba Hali signed a three-year contract to remain with the Kansas City Chiefs this spring under the assumption that the aging linebacker would become a part-time pass-rush specialist.

Hali had better be prepared for regular work.

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Panthers add DB depth with Stevie Brown

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have signed free agent safety Stevie Brown to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not released Wednesday.

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