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    The NFL’s new rule barring players from lowering their heads to initiate contact with the helmet sounds like it could be a nightmare for officials Womens Terrell Suggs Jersey , players, coaches and fans watching at home, because there will be so many penalties called that the game will turn into a long slog. But the NFL says that’s not going to happen.
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    Rob Gronkowski said earlier this week he was open to a new deal. The Patriots tight end didn’t get that, but he did agree to a restructured deal Thursday.
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