OXNARD, Calif.-The question would be unthinkable in years past, particularly in light of the rich history of this NFL team. Still, it's appropriate now:

The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL — even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - All four defensive backs who started Super Bowl XLVII are gone, magnifying just how different the 49ers secondary will look in 2014.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that while his surgically repaired ankle is getting better, it's not completely healed.

Dwight Freeney can't wait for Saturday, when the San Diego Chargers put on the pads for the first time in training camp.

RENTON, Wash. - While Marshawn Lynch is away, Christine Michael is happy to play.

At times, Sam Bradford forgot all about his surgically repaired left knee.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley's first team meeting of training camp included a video.

Now that training camps are underway, team owners and fantasy football fans alike are holding their collective breath, praying to reach the regular season with their rosters intact.

The Rams Friday threw open their third training camp under the regime of head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead. Now, finally, it's appropriate for this administration to measure itself against the rest of the NFL rather than the franchise's sorry recent history.

Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the practice field Friday after reportedly tearing his left Achilles tendon.

After going 10-6 and barely missing the playoffs, the Arizona Cardinals are a confident but wary bunch as they open their second training camp under coach Bruce Arians.

Like reading a blitz, Johnny Manziel knew the questions about his off-field wildness were coming. So the Browns quarterback struck first.

Carl Nicks has abandoned his bid to get back on the field with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Atlanta Falcons won't be easing their way into this season.

Repeat after me: It was just the first day of training camp. It was just the first day of training camp. It was just the first day of ...

A 24-hour channel devoted solely to pro football? On satellite radio?

Embattled Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon was among the veterans who reported to training camp today and took a conditioning test this afternoon in front of the media.

Jim Irsay was back at one of his favorite hangouts Friday — the Indianapolis Colts' training camp.

The Detroit Lions have signed free agent punter Drew Butler and released safety Gabe Lynn.

Sylvester Williams plucked Peyton Manning's throw out of the air, then the 313-pound defensive tackle raced around the right side, flipping the ball to safety Quinton Carter, who promptly dropped it with nobody between him and the end zone 50 yards away.

Lane Johnson took a drug prescribed by a longtime family physician in April. He learned in May that he failed the NFL's drug test for performance-enhancing drugs because of that prescription.

The Houston Texans announced Friday they have signed veteran right tackle Tyson Clabo.

Colts running back Vick Ballard was carted off the field Friday with a lower left leg injury.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and guard Carl Nicks mutually agreed to part ways on Friday.

Startling left tackle Russell Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor were both spectators as the Seattle Seahawks began training camp on Friday.

In Ben Roethlisberger's perfect world, he gets a rich contract extension before the NFL season opens Sept. 7 at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns and another world championship when it ends Feb. 1 in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. But if he had to choose between the two, he would take another ring, No. 3, for his big right hand. That is the competitor inside him. Roethlisberger reported Friday to Saint Vincent College for Steelers training camp and the start of his second decade as the team's quarterback. If that doesn't make you feel old, nothing will. Roethlisberger knows he's fairly deep into the back nine of his football career. Now, more than ever, he is driven by wins and championships. The money is going to come, anyway.

Josh Gordon's off-field issues didn't put him out of shape.

A civil lawsuit has been filed against Dolphins Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey and his twin brother, Maurkice, alleging they used homophobic slurs before beating a man and a woman at Cameo Nightclub in Miami Beach earlier this month.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are closing their much-ballyhooed pools for one game this season.

The Tennessee Titans have added a rookie offensive lineman to their roster for training camp with starting right guard Andy Levitre busy recovering from an appendectomy.

He was the big prize, the sparkling centerpiece in the overhaul, except Jared Allen wasn't really interested in shining the spotlight on himself on Friday.

Up on a podium, Jason Pierre-Paul can't stand still during an interview session. It's the same kind of energy he brings to team meetings, the locker room and, most importantly, on to the field.

Patrick Willis hollered at pal NaVorro Bowman a few days back to keep him in the mix, even if the star linebacker was a bystander as his teammates endured their Day 1 conditioning tests.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider, in an appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle radio this morning - the team's flagship station - said running back Marshawn Lynch has "made a decision not to be here" as training camp starts today.

OXNARD, Calif. - Tony Romo has won 64 games in his NFL career, while passing for 29,565 yards and 208 touchdowns. Now 34, and coming off two back surgeries over the past 15 months, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback insists his best is yet to come.

The Carolina Panthers said Thursday they were disappointed in the actions of Greg Hardy, but indicated they will not discipline their Pro Bowl defensive end until the conclusion of his jury trial on domestic violence charges.

The Oakland Raiders released linebacker Kevin Burnett on Friday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed a 10-year, $43 million naming-rights contract with EverBank.

Eric Decker got lost on his first day of training camp.

Aside from the New Orleans Saints' fleur-de-lis symbol, star tight end Jimmy Graham never associated playing pro football with flowers.

Marshawn Lynch famously said during Super Bowl week that he was "all about that action, boss."

The first day of Minnesota Vikings training camp started early, with a 1:30 a.m. fire alarm that turned out to be false but sent everyone sleepily streaming out of their dorm rooms.

NFL offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have been sued by three people who say the twin brothers attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub.

Rob Gronkowski ran short routes, caught passes and jogged back to the line of scrimmage.

The Atlanta Falcons have waived wide receiver Darius Johnson.

Going into his ninth year coaching the Packers, Mike McCarthy isn't averse to changing things up.

The Minnesota Vikings have placed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, safety Andrew Sendejo and tight end Chase Ford on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt sees no need for patience with the Titans.

At a closed-door meeting during spring workouts, DeAngelo Hall stood before his Washington Redskins teammates and downplayed his "MeAngelo" antics.

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