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Attorney sorry for accusing Rams' Donald

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PITTSBURGH (AP) The attorney for a man who accused NFL star Aaron Donald of assaulting him at a Pittsburgh nightclub last weekend has apologized, saying it was a case of mistaken identity.

Attorney Todd Hollis, who represents DeVin�cent Spriggs, told Pittsburgh reporters Friday that his client mis�took someone else for Don�ald dur�ing the al�ter�ca�tion. He said his client had believed Donald was responsible, but after reviewing the tapes, "I realized that it was not Aaron Donald."

"I certainly extend an apology to Aaron for any problems this may have caused him," Hollis said. "Aaron has certainly been through enough so we want to put this to rest."


Players from 5 more teams skip workouts

Players on five more NFL teams will be skipping in-person voluntary workouts because of the pandemic: the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

The players posted through their union that they are joining 11 other groups who previously said they would not be on hand for the sessions.


Pats CB Jackson signs 1-year tender

BOSTON (AP) The Patriots have re-signed cornerback J.C. Jackson, bringing back the former undrafted free agent who finished second in the NFL in interceptions in 2020.

The restricted free agent returns to New England where he will be paid $3.88 million this upcoming season after signing the second-round tender the Patriots placed on him prior to the start of free agency. He will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.


Bears sign former 49ers WR Goodwin

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to a one-year contract Friday.

Goodwin has 140 receptions for 2,323 yards and 13 touchdowns over seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2013-16) and San Francisco 49ers (2017-19). He had a career-best 962 yards in 2017 with San Francisco.


Browns release veteran DT Richardson

CLEVELAND (AP) This off-season remodeling of the Browns' defense includes a surprising removal.

Veteran tackle Sheldon Richardson's contract was terminated on Friday, a head-scratching move that creates more salary-cap space but also a hole in the middle of Cleveland's defensive line.


NFL inks deals with 3 gambling companies

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Once one of the staunchest opponents of allowing people to bet legally on its games, the NFL on Thursday announced deals with three major gambling companies to become official sports betting partners.

The league is partnering with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel, all of which will get the use of NFL trademarks and official league data, and will integrate their own betting content into media properties including and the league's official app.


Falcons sign return specialist Patterson

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed safety Duron Harmon and four-time All-Pro return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson to one-year contracts.

Harmon started all 16 games for Detroit in 2020 and set a career high with 73 tackles. He helps to address a glaring void on the Falcons' depth chart after the team lost Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal, Damontae Kazee and Sharrod Neasman to free agency.


HOF to honor 9 deceased new members

CANTON, Ohio (AP) The nine new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who are deceased will be honored in a television special next month.

Eight men who were selected for the 2020 centennial class and one from the 2021 group will be recognized. They are Bobby Dillon, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Steve Sabol, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie, Ed Sprinkle and George Young from 2020, and Bill Nunn from 2021. It will air May 1 on NFL Network and again on May 4 on ESPN2.


Steelers bring back LB Williams

PITTSBURGH (AP) Vince Williams isn't going anywhere after all.

The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed the veteran inside linebacker to a one-year deal on Thursday, a month after they cut him in a cost-cutting measure.


Cardinals re-sign LBs Gardeck, Fitts

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed linebackers Dennis Gardeck and Kylie Fitts to one-year contracts.

The 26-year-old Gardeck was one of the Cardinals' surprise players last season, finishing with seven sacks, seven tackles for a loss 10 quarterback hits and a fumble recovery despite playing just 93 defensive snaps.

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