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LB Foster's accuser recants accusations

FILE -In this April 12, 2018 photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster appears for his arraignment at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose, Calif. Foster won't participate in the offseason program while he tends to legal matters related to his domestic violence charges. The 49ers said in a statement Sunday, April 15, 2018 that his future with the team will be "determined by the information revealed during the legal process." (Dai Sugano/San Jose Mercury News via AP, Pool)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The attorney for the ex-girlfriend of Reuben Foster said Wednesday that her client initially lied to authorities when she accused the San Francisco 49ers linebacker of hitting her leading to domestic violence charges.

Attorney Stephanie Rickard issued a statement on behalf of Elissa Ennis that said her client can prove the injuries in February that led to the charges were not caused by Foster.

"(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her," Rickard said.


Giants' Manning not worried about draft

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning isn't paying much attention to the NFL draft, even with the possibility of the New York Giants using the No. 2 overall pick to take an heir apparent to the two-time Super Bowl MVP.

Manning doubted that he would watch the first round of the draft on Thursday, saying it wouldn't be hard to find out whether general manager Dave Gettleman either went for a quarterback or opted to take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, or traded down.


Jones, Goodell chummy at draft event

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) As Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones sat side by side chatting, then grabbed shovels at a junior high school to dedicate a new field, they sure seemed chummy.

Then again, this was for a worthy cause, so any and all past animosities over suspensions and lawsuits and contract extensions were, uh, buried on Wednesday.


Titans' Mariota busy learning new plays

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Another offseason, another new head coach for quarterback Marcus Mariota to get to know along with a different offense.

Yes, a little experience with such changes can help make transitions a bit easier.


Gronkowski says he's returning in 2018

BOSTON (AP) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he is returning for his ninth NFL season.

Gronkowski made the announcement in a post on Instagram Tuesday . Gronkowski said he met with coach Bill Belichick to inform him of his intention to return, adding he's "been working out, staying in shape and feel great."


Browns mulling 4 QBs with top draft pick

CLEVELAND (AP) As far as Cleveland fans are concerned, only one quarterback fits all the essential criteria for the Browns to draft him with the No. 1 overall pick.

His last name? Darnoldallenrosenmayfield.


LT Flowers doesn't show for Giants camp

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The questions about tackle Ereck Flowers' future with the New York Giants are increasing as the 2015 first-round draft pick was a no-show for the team's first voluntary minicamp under new coach Pat Shurmur.

Players do not have to attend either the organized team activities or any minicamps.


Rams pick up options on Gurley, Peters

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams have picked up their fifth-year contract options for 2019 on running back Todd Gurley and cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Rams announced their easiest decisions of the offseason Tuesday.


Vikings RB Cook having strong offseason

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the starting lineup.

There's another addition coming, too.


Bears' Pace saving excitement for draft

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) There were no major revelations or bold proclamations from Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace heading into the draft.

"This time of year I think it's OK to be a little boring in these moments," Pace said Tuesday.

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