The Carolina Panthers have begun the process of activating the fifth-year option on quarterback Cam Newton to lock up the first pick of the 2011 draft up through the 2015 season and give the team time to negotiate a long-term deal.
Top draft prospect Jadeveon Clowney, who visited the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, is scheduled to go through a few drills with the team on Friday , a league source confirmed.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has referred Aldon Smith's airport arrest earlier this month to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration.
The Buffalo Bills' cheerleaders have suspended operations after five former cheerleaders filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming they were underpaid and mistreated.
The NFL will discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta.