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    The Patriots have completed signing their 2022 draft class, inking contracts with first-round pick Cole Strange, second-round pick Tyquan Thornton and fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe. Terms of the deals were not released. New England previously reached agreements with the other seven members of its class. Strange was a five-year starter on the offensive line for Chattanooga. He was taken 29th overall and is expected to have a chance start as a rookie this upcoming season following the offseason trade of Shaq Mason and free agency departure of Ted Karras.

      Hugh McElhenny, the elusive Hall of Fame halfback who starred in the San Francisco 49ers’ “Million Dollar Backfield” in the mid-1950s, has died. He was 93. The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Thursday that McEhlenny died of natural causes June 17 at his home in Nevada, and that son-in-law Chris Permann confirmed the death. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, McElhenny was part of the “Million Dollar Backfield” with quarterback Y. A. Tittle, halfback John Henry Johnson and fullback Joe Perry — also all Hall of Famers. McElhenny starred in college at Washington, was drafted ninth overall by the 49ers in 1952 and also played for Minnesota, the New York Giants and Detroit in his 13-year NFL career.

        A U.S. House committee says Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” that sought to discredit former employees making accusations of workplace sexual harassment. The committee released a memo ahead of a hearing Wednesday. The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the Commanders’ workplace culture following accusations of pervasive sexual harassment by team executives of women employees. Snyder declined to testify at the hearing, but the committee plans to issue a subpoena to compel a deposition. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the committee that Snyder “has been held accountable."

          Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, died Wednesday. He was 55. Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately available. The man known as “the Goose" played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Baltimore’s 2000 team won the Super Bowl behind a defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams. Siragusa was popular with fans because of his fun-loving personality, which also helped him transition to broadcasting after his playing career.

            Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died at age 26. Police said the cause of death is still to be determined but that no foul play is suspected at this time. Ferguson played three NFL seasons. All were with Baltimore. Ferguson set the college Football Bowl Subdivision career sacks record with 45 when he played at Louisiana Tech, and he was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019. He played in 38 games as a pro and had 4 1/2 sacks. Ferguson was born Dec. 14, 1995, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. He played high school football and basketball at West Feliciana.

              The NFL and six of its teams have filed for arbitration in the lawsuit that alleges they engaged in racial discrimination. If the league’s request is successful, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the arbitrator. The league and the teams filed papers late Tuesday with a judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by Brian Flores after he was fired in January as head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Flores now works as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two other Black coaches in the league joined his lawsuit, in which he alleges that the league engages in racist hiring practices — despite its claims to the contrary.

              The Washington Post has obtained a letter detailing a woman's accusations that Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder sexually harassed and assaulted her on a team plane in 2009. The woman was later paid $1.6 million by the team to settle her claims. An attorney working for the team argued in the letter that the woman's claims were not credible, and Snyder denied the allegations. The NFL is investigating a different woman's allegation that Snyder sexually harassed her when she worked for the team. A House committee is also looking into the team's workplace culture. Snyder has declined to testify before the committee.

              The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran defensive end Larry Ogunjobi to a one-year deal. The signing shores up a position of need following Stephon Tuitt’s retirement earlier this month. The 28-year-old Ogunjobi spent last season with the Cincinnati Bengals. A tentative three-year agreement to play for the Chicago Bears was nullified when Ogunjobi failed a physical. He was recovering from foot surgery at the time of the signing. Ogunjobi played well last season for the Bengals, recording a career-high seven sacks. His arrival gives the Steelers another veteran to help shore up a run defense that finished dead last in the league in 2022.

              Ryan Fitzpatrick is taking his magic touch to the broadcast booth. Amazon Prime Video says Fitzpatrick is joining the streaming service as an analyst for its first season as the exclusive home of “Thursday Night Football.” Fitzpatrick will be part of Amazon's pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. The 39-year-old journeyman quarterback recently retired after a 17-year career in which he started for a record nine teams, earning the nickname “FitzMagic.” Fitzpatrick joins Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman as studio analysts. Al Michaels will be the play-by-play announcer with Kirk Herbstreit as his booth partner.

              Four-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced he is retiring and won't join Tom Brady for a third season in Tampa Bay. The jovial four-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and Buccaneers thanked his teammates and coaches over the years in a post on Instagram and said he’s going back to “chilling out.” The 33-year-old retired in 2019 after nine seasons with the Patriots. He returned in 2020 when Brady went to Tampa and the close friends teamed up to help the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl in 2021. Gronkowski had 621 catches for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns in the regular season and 98 receptions for 1,389 yards and 15 TDs in the postseason.

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              The Tennessee Titans have added a handful of new coaches and scouts for training camp. The Titans announced Tuesday that five coaches will work with them during camp as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Former Tennessee running back Bishop Sankey will be a scout as a Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellow. Former Auburn volleyball player Chesney McClellan will be an intern through the Amy Adams Strunk Women in Football program. This is the third year for the Women in Football program named for the Titans' controlling owner.

              The Baltimore Ravens have signed linebacker Steven Means. The Ravens announced the move Friday. Means started 29 games for the Atlanta Falcons across the 2018, 2020 and 2021 seasons. Prior to that, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Means has six sacks and three forced fumbles in his career.

              A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the NFL has fined the Washington Commanders $100,000 and stripped the team of two offseason workouts next year because of excessive contact in practice among players. The fine applies to coach Ron Rivera. One particular hit in organized team activities incensed Rivera to the point he stopped practice to lecture his team. The fine is the latest off-field development for the Commanders after assistant Jack Del Rio was fined for downplaying the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and a lawyer for Dan Snyder told Congress the team's owner would not testify at a hearing next week.

              The NFL has suspended New York Giants linebacker Justin Hilliard without pay for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The league announced the decision on Friday. Hilliard will be eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Giants’ active roster on Sept. 19, following the team’s game against Carolina. The former Ohio State player was awarded to the Giants on waivers in 2021. He played in two games.

              The NFL in partnership with the Black College Football Hall of Fame will hold its second annual Ozzie Newsome General Manager Forum and fifth annual Quarterback Coaching Summit next week. The three-day event begins Tuesday with programs in the league’s Los Angeles office and virtually. Front office personnel and coaches around the league have an opportunity to experience professional development and networking opportunities with NFL club executives. The GM Forum will feature sessions and panels led by NFL owners and front office personnel including. The two-day QB Coaching Summit will feature sessions and panels led by NFL owners, current and former coaches, and front office personnel.

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