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NFL recommends changes to catch rule

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The NFL's catch rule would get less complicated if team owners approve recommendations from the powerful competition committee.

One of the first orders of business when the league's annual meetings begin Monday in Orlando, Florida, will be a proposal by the committee to clarify what is a catch. Commissioner Roger Goodell said during the week of the Super Bowl he would urge simplification of the rules.

"Catch/no catch is at the top of everyone's minds," Troy Vincent, the NFL's football operations chief, said Wednesday before outlining the committee's recommendations.


Entire NFL draft to air on network TV

NEW YORK (AP) Every round of the NFL draft will air on network television next month for the first time as Fox will simulcast the NFL Network's coverage of Days 1 and 2 and ESPN's coverage of Day 3 will be shown on ABC.

ESPN's "College GameDay" will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 26-27. It is previewing the first two days of the draft as part of the network's college football-themed coverage of the first round on ESPN2. Analyst Kirk Herbstreit will be part of ESPN's first-round coverage, replacing Jon Gruden.


Bills WR Jones' dad: Son will be fine

LOS ANGELES (AP) Zay Jones is with family and is going to be fine, the Buffalo Bills receiver's father said Wednesday, two days after his son was arrested following a naked, bloody argument with his brother.

Robert Jones posted a note on his Twitter account saying Jones "is with me and his mom," while adding "he's going to be fine!"


Chiefs sign DT Williams to help stop run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have signed defensive tackle Xavier Williams, a restricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals, who declined to match the offer Kansas City made to the run-stopper.

The Chiefs announced the signing in a statement Wednesday.


Colts bring back OL Mewhort, CB Desir

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts are bringing back offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and cornerback Pierre Desir, continuing their free-agent signing flurry.

Mewhort has started at right guard and right tackle before settling in at left guard. But he has battled injuries since Indianapolis drafted him in the second round in 2014 and finished last season on injured reserve after undergoing knee surgery in mid-October.


Lions add TE Willson, DL Williams

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed tight end Luke Willson, adding a potential starter in place of Eric Ebron, and bolstered their defensive line by adding Sylvester Williams.

Detroit addressed needs on both sides of the ball with the moves Wednesday.


Belichick among attendees at UGA pro day

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) After growing up as a Patriots fan, Lorenzo Carter said it was "kind of surreal" to find New England coach Bill Belichick leading positional drills at Georgia's Pro Day on Wednesday.

This was no time to be star-struck. Those linebacker drills, also organized by Lions coach Matt Patricia, were Carter's chance to validate his standing as a player expected to be selected in the first two days of next month's NFL draft.


Vikings re-sign K Forbath for 1 year

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed kicker Kai Forbath to a one-year contract after a strong finish to his 2017 season.

The deal finalized Wednesday maintains the stability the 30-year-old Forbath has brought to the position since replacing Blair Walsh midway through the 2016 season.


Visitation for Saints' Benson begins

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A New Orleans-style goodbye for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson began outside a seminary Wednesday, with fans dressed in black and gold singing and chanting as they entered the chapel where Benson's body will lie in repose for two days of public visitation.

More than three dozen people lined up to file through doors of Notre Dame seminary shortly after the casket bearing Benson's body arrived, accompanied by his widow Gayle, executives of the professional sports franchises he owns, and Archbishop Gregory Aymond, among others.


Broncos staying in Bowlen family

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos are staying in the Bowlen family after the team announced an agreement to buy back a portion of John Bowlen's minority stake in the franchise.

The brother of majority owner Pat Bowlen announced his intention late last year to sell his non-voting interest in the team. His share of the team, which Forbes magazine values at $2.6 billion, is believed to be about 33 percent.

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