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NFL owners approve new anthem policy

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ATLANTA (AP) NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at quelling the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously by the owners at their spring meeting in Atlanta, but even that was up for debate.

The head of the San Francisco 49ers - Kaepernick's former team - said his franchise abstained from the vote. CEO Jed York said he wasn't comfortable with a process that didn't directly involve the players.

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Nashville to host 2019 draft

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL draft is heading to Music City.

League owners awarded the 2019 draft to Nashville during their annual spring meetings on Wednesday, clearly impressed with the city's turnout for events such as the NHL Stanley Cup Final and a party to unveil redesigned uniforms for the Tennessee Titans.

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Arizona gets SB in 2023, New Orleans '24

ATLANTA (AP) The Super Bowl is headed back to New Orleans for the 11th time and will make its fourth stop in Arizona.

NFL owners voted unanimously on both sites Wednesday at the league's annual spring meeting in Atlanta, which will host the 2019 Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Incognito in custody after gym incident

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito has been taken into custody for psychiatric examination after an incident at a Florida gym.

Boca Raton police say they received a call Wednesday from a gym patron about a disturbance and as a result took Incognito into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows for involuntary psychiatric commitment for people seen as a danger to themselves or others.

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Miami QB Tannehill returns from torn ACL

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Tannehill dropped back to pass and the pocket quickly collapsed, making it just like old times.

An onrushing end merely waved as he went by because Wednesday's drills involved no contact, which spared Tannehill a blow. Instead, he scooted away on his reconstructed left knee toward the sideline and encountered a linebacker, who also pulled up at the last moment.

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G Martin misses first of Cowboys' OTAs

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Two-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin missed the first session of the Dallas Cowboys' voluntary offseason practices and wasn't expected to take part Wednesday while working on a contract extension.

Martin, an All-Pro in 2014 and 2016, was on site doing off-field work Tuesday.

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Favre details 14 Vicodin binge in 1995

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won the first of his three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards that season.

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Chargers TE Henry tears ACL during OTAs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chargers tight end Hunter Henry tore an anterior cruciate ligament during practice, likely sidelining him for next season.

The team announced the injury on its Twitter account on Tuesday. It did not specify which knee or how the injury occurred.

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Big Ben says he'll try to help Rudolph

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger insists he has no problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph.

That his comments during a radio appearance shortly after the Steelers took the former Oklahoma State star in the third round of the draft - when Roethlisberger openly wondered why the team drafted a quarterback when he plans to be around a good while longer - were made in jest.

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Jets send Hackenberg to Raiders for pick

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Christian Hackenberg spent his final day with the New York Jets much as he did in his first two seasons.

As a spectator.

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