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Activists: Redskins poll was 'misguided'

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WASHINGTON (AP) Native American leaders and activists criticized a recent national poll that found nine of 10 Native Americans aren't offended by the Washington Redskins' name.

On a conference call held Friday by the National Congress of American Indians and "Change the Mascot" campaign, panelists voiced opposition to a Washington Post poll that surveyed 504 Native Americans, 90 percent of whom said the name doesn't bother them.

James Fenelon, a California State San Bernardino sociology professor, called the poll "immoral," adding it was not representative of Native American communities. Amanda Blackhorse, lead plaintiff in the trademark case against the Redskins, said the "misguided" poll will not affect attempts to change the name.


Navy's Reynolds, Swain cleared for NFL

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Keenan Reynolds will get his chance to play in the NFL this season.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Friday that the record-setting Navy quarterback Reynolds and fullback Chris Swain can defer their military service to play in the NFL.


Bears, top pick Floyd agree to deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears and first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd have agreed to a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year.

The Bears drafted the outside linebacker from Georgia with the ninth pick after trading up two spots in a deal with Tampa Bay. Chicago hopes he will add some athleticism to a team trying to build on a 6-10 season. The 6-foot-6, 244-pound Floyd led the Bulldogs in sacks for the third straight year with 4 1/2, and tied for the team lead with 10 1/2 tackles for loss last season.


Ravens forfeit 1 week of voluntary OTAs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts.

The NFL also fined coach John Harbaugh $137,000 Thursday, while the team was fined $343,000 under current collective bargaining agreement guidelines.


Titans rookie DL Dodd has foot surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans second-round pick Kevin Dodd will be out until the start of training camp after undergoing surgery on his right foot Thursday morning.

Dodd, the 33rd overall pick in this year's draft, had 12 1/2 sacks for Clemson last season and is expected to help bolster the Titans pass rush as a rookie.


Goodell reaffirms concussion research

NEW YORK (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the league's commitment to concussion research in a letter Thursday to the 32 team owners.

In the wake of a congressional study that concluded that NFL officials tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking away a project from a researcher the NFL feared was biased, Goodell called for "continued and robust support of independent medical research."


Lions learning to live without Johnson

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Matthew Stafford dropped back and sailed a spiral through the air, over his intended target and onto the ground.



Tannehill taking on more responsibility

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Tannehill threw a pass Thursday and then fell to the turf face down, which happened a lot last season.

This time there was no contact. Instead, Tannehill did push-ups as punishment for his errant throw at a net during passing drills in a Miami Dolphins OTA.


Steelers move on minus suspended Bryant

PITTSBURGH (AP) When Darrius Heyward-Bey heard about Martavis Bryant's one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the elder statesmen among the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers sent his talented but erratic teammate a note.

"I told him we have his back," Heyward-Bey said. "I told him we can't wait to see him in 2017."


Browner back with Seattle in hybrid role

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Brandon Browner is back with the Seattle Seahawks, wearing the same number as in the past, but playing a different position than when he became a founding member of the secondary known as the "Legion of Boom."

He's still a defensive back. But in this stint with Seattle, Browner has become a hybrid between a safety, a cornerback and a linebacker.