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FILE - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, Baltimore Ravens cornerbacks Jackson Porter, from left, Darious Williams, Bennett Jackson and Stanley Jean-Baptiste stretch during an NFL football training camp practice at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills, Md. In recent years, the presence of yoga has grown in the NFL. The fast-paced, hard-hitting sport has accepted the more calming practice that emphasizes conscious breathing and body flow. Much like yin and yang, the two complement each other both mentally and physically. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
August 17, 2018 - 2:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — During the mandatory rookie camp back in June, the New York Giants required players to take a yoga class. Running back Robert Martin walked in, looked around at his new teammates and thought, man, this is crazy. "We usually don't do yoga," he said. "We stretch, but we don't do yoga...
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FILE - In this Dec. 24, 1999, file photo, New Orleans Saints linebacker Keith Mitchell (59) deflects a pass away Dallas Cowboys tightend David LaFleur (89) during the fourth quarter in New Orleans. Mitchell deflected the ball to teammate Mark Fields (55) who intercepted the pass, sealing the Saints 31-24 victory. On a routine tackle on Sept. 14, 2003, Keith Mitchell wound up flat on his back unable to move. His playing career was over. He had a spinal contusion. Now Mitchell is a certified yoga instructor with more than a decade of experience. He founded the Light It Up Foundation and the KM59 wellness movement that helps children, trauma survivors, first responders and veterans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
August 17, 2018 - 2:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Mitchell only ever considered himself a football player. It was a label he willingly claimed for so long. When that was ripped away, he was lost. "You don't realize how attached you are to the identity," the former All-Pro linebacker said. "I didn't know myself." He had to...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La'el Collins, left and running back Ezekiel Elliott, center, listen to yoga instructor Stacey Hickman, right, as the team does some flexibility exercises at NFL football training camp in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
August 17, 2018 - 2:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Without stretching, New York Giants offensive lineman Chad Wheeler folds his 6-foot-7, 317-pound frame over far enough to place his palms flat on the ground. His knees are straight but not fully locked, because that's poor form, and he can comfortably hold himself there — he's that...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant concluded his visit with the Browns without agreeing to a contract. The former Dallas star wide receiver and his agent met with Cleveland officials for the second straight day, but the sides parted before a deal could be worked out, said the person who spoke Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. (AP Photo/Brad Penner, File)
August 17, 2018 - 1:03 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern. The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but "conversations continue" between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is shown during their NFL training camp football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Quinn said he's had a spot "removed or checked on" in annual skin cancer checks during physical exams. He and some of his assistants normally wear long shirts under their T-shirts during practice _ despite the Georgia heat and humidity. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
August 17, 2018 - 5:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field. The sun's powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and shade is rare at most practice sites. So, slathered-on sunscreen, big...
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Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers throws during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
August 17, 2018 - 12:59 am
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The ovation moved Aaron Rodgers to tears. The Green Bay Packers fans showed their appreciation with the two-time NFL MVP about to take his first snaps at Lambeau Field in almost a year. Once he got behind center, Rodgers needed just one drive to look right at home back in...
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speak at midfield after a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 17, 2018 - 12:31 am
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady shook off the rust of a long layoff and then found time to shake hands with Nick Foles, six months after they met in the Super Bowl. Brady moved the Patriots with ease in their rematch against the Eagles, with a little help from running back James White. Foles...
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws under pressure from Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, left, during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 17, 2018 - 12:05 am
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Limited playing experience in high school and college makes Sam Darnold appreciate every game, even if it's just the preseason. The third overall pick made his first exhibition start for the New York Jets on Thursday night and showed some of the growing pains of a rookie...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) warms up before an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Arlington, Texas. Dez Bryant has dropped in to meet the Browns. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver arrived at the team’s headquarters on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, a visit that could lead to Bryant signing with Cleveland. Bryant posted a photo on Twitter of him signing autographs at Cleveland’s airport.(AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
August 16, 2018 - 10:50 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are still in the courtship phase. Their future together is uncertain. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and his agent, Kim Maile, met with team officials at the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio, on Thursday. The sides got to know each other better,...
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New England Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler, right, sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
August 16, 2018 - 8:58 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles left Thursday's exhibition game against the New England Patriots with a shoulder strain. His return was questionable, the team said. The Super Bowl MVP appeared to be in pain when he was hit by Patriots defensive lineman Adrian...
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