The day after the 2015 season, Johnson reportedly told Lions coach
Jim Caldwell that it had been his final campaign, according to an
Johnson, 30, previously told quarterback Matthew Stafford and
linebacker Stephen Tulloch of his plans and both players agreed to
keep it confidential.
The Lions are hoping the five-times Pro Bowler will change his mind.
Caldwell told Johnson to take his time per making the decision and
Johnson released a statement after the season when it became public
knowledge that he was considering retirement.
"Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently
evaluating options for my future," Johnson said.
"I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the
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The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams that said the league has no rule
against moving to any particular market, after Oakland Raiders owner
Mark Davis visited Las Vegas on Friday.
The memo specifically addressed the talk of Las Vegas as a possible
destination for an NFL team and addressed Davis' tour of the
proposed stadium site.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Davis toured the 42-acre
site that could host a proposed $1 billion stadium.
He met privately with Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson, who
has said he will fund the majority share of the private-public
venture, and Wynn Resorts chairman Steve Wynn, who reportedly is
considering a stake in the project.
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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects a "great chess match"
when his team faces Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning next
Sunday in Super Bowl 50.
Rivera wants the Panthers to play "situational football" when facing
"He is going to anticipate and do things off of what he sees,"
Rivera told USA TODAY.
"You have to make sure you're disguising, you are holding your
disguise. He wants to undress the defense as quick as possible and
get a feel for where they are going and he will know where to
"I think it really is a great chess match -- and not necessarily
coordinator against coordinator, but quarterback against defense."
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence underwent recent
surgery on his back that bothered him throughout the 2015 season.
Lawrence, 23, did not miss a game this season and led the Cowboys in
sacks with eight, including seven in the final eight games.
The Cowboys did not set a timetable on Lawrence's recovery. (Editing
by Andrew Both)
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