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Tom Brady puts rivalry with NFL legend to rest

The rivalry has officially been put to rest.

Tom Brady took a selfie with former NFL quarterback and longtime adversary Peyton Manning and posted it to his Instagram on Wednesday. The two had been competitors in the AFC for several years before Manning retired from the sport following the 2015 season.

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“Spoiler alert… we were friends this whole time. Always great to see you Peyton!” Brady wrote in the caption.

Brady and Manning had several memorable moments meeting up in the playoffs, including four times in the AFC Championship. The two last met during the 2015-16 NFL playoffs. That season, Manning’s Denver Broncos got the best of Brady’s New England Patriots.

Overall, Brady had eight wins in 12 games over Manning when the Patriots were playing the Indianapolis Colts. Brady had three wins over Manning’s Broncos in five contests.

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The two are arguably the best quarterbacks to play in the NFL and both are almost certain to become Hall of Famers in the future.

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Calf injury continues to keep Luck out of Colts’ workouts

The Indianapolis Colts will gladly play it safe with Andrew Luck.

They’d rather he be healthy for training camp anyway.

Just minutes after coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday that his starting quarterback would sit out this week’s three-day minicamp — the final portion of Indy’s offseason workouts — Luck promised he would return to practice when the Colts report to camp in late July.

“It’s OK, it’s not good enough to practice this week, which I’m bummed about,” Luck said, describing the injury. “But I think we’re on a very, very good page and I’ll be ready for training camp.”

The injury, suffered during training, has forced Luck to miss the Colts’ entire on-the-field program for the second offseason in three years.

But this was different.

After missing the entire 2017 season to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder, he started throwing again last June during the team’s mandatory minicamp. His appearance raised even more questions when it appeared he was throwing footballs smaller than the NFL’s regulation size.

Team officials continued to be cautious with Luck at training camp when they closely monitored the number of throws he made and gave him extra days off. The prolonged recovery time prompted some skeptics to question whether Luck could ever return to his Pro Bowl form.

It didn’t take long for Luck to prove the doubters wrong. He produced arguably the best season of his pro career and was rewarded with the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

This year, many outsiders expect bigger and better things from Luck and his teammates, and Luck sounds confident he can deliver despite the nagging injury.

“I’ve thrown significantly, sort of off my foot to make sure I don’t aggravate something, but to keep my arm in shape,” he said. “It’s a football, a pigskin Wilson Duke, with Roger Goodell’s signature on it.”

Reich has continually insisted that Luck’s absence was a cautionary move.

He has no serious concerns about Luck’s health, and with seven seasons in the league, two full offseasons to get acclimated to the system and most of last season’s key offensive contributors returning, Reich figures Luck’s absence should not hinder his play.

“He has missed the on-field work but he has gotten so much in the meetings,” Reich said. “Second year in the system, talking through things, he’s been able to have even more input into the system this year, putting his imprint on the system now knowing what we’re doing, what he likes, what he doesn’t, and why he likes what he likes in our system.”

Indy can’t wait to see how things play out in training camp. But the last month certainly has presented some challenges, and not just because of Luck.

Rookie center Javon Patterson, a seventh-round draft pick, and defensive end Jegs Jegede, an undrafted rookie from Valdosta State, landed on season-ending injured reserve.

Fourth-string quarterback Chad Kelly will miss the first two regular-season games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Backup offensive tackle Antonio Garcia received a four-game suspension Monday for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

General manager Chris Ballard explained last week why he drafted linebacker Bobby Okereke in the third round, knowing Okereke had been accused of sexual assault in 2015.

And after re-signing 11 of the team’s 20 free agents and adding receiver Devin Funchess, running back Spencer Ware and pass rusher Justin Houston, Ballard signed punter Rigoberto Sanchez to a contract extension last week, and long snapper Luke Rhodes to an extension Tuesday.

All that’s missing now is Luck.

“Within the calf strain injury, I’d say it’s on the longer side. I don’t think it’s out of the range of a calf strain but it’s definitely on the longer side,” Reich said. “We’re not concerned.”

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Calf injury continues to keep Luck out of Colts’ workouts

The Indianapolis Colts will gladly play it safe with Andrew Luck.

They’d rather he be healthy for training camp anyway.

Just minutes after coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday that his starting quarterback would sit out this week’s three-day minicamp — the final portion of Indy’s offseason workouts — Luck promised he would return to practice when the Colts report to camp in late July.

“It’s OK, it’s not good enough to practice this week, which I’m bummed about,” Luck said, describing the injury. “But I think we’re on a very, very good page and I’ll be ready for training camp.”

The injury, suffered during training, has forced Luck to miss the Colts’ entire on-the-field program for the second offseason in three years.

But this was different.

After missing the entire 2017 season to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder, he started throwing again last June during the team’s mandatory minicamp. His appearance raised even more questions when it appeared he was throwing footballs smaller than the NFL’s regulation size.

Team officials continued to be cautious with Luck at training camp when they closely monitored the number of throws he made and gave him extra days off. The prolonged recovery time prompted some skeptics to question whether Luck could ever return to his Pro Bowl form.

It didn’t take long for Luck to prove the doubters wrong. He produced arguably the best season of his pro career and was rewarded with the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

This year, many outsiders expect bigger and better things from Luck and his teammates, and Luck sounds confident he can deliver despite the nagging injury.

“I’ve thrown significantly, sort of off my foot to make sure I don’t aggravate something, but to keep my arm in shape,” he said. “It’s a football, a pigskin Wilson Duke, with Roger Goodell’s signature on it.”

Reich has continually insisted that Luck’s absence was a cautionary move.

He has no serious concerns about Luck’s health, and with seven seasons in the league, two full offseasons to get acclimated to the system and most of last season’s key offensive contributors returning, Reich figures Luck’s absence should not hinder his play.

“He has missed the on-field work but he has gotten so much in the meetings,” Reich said. “Second year in the system, talking through things, he’s been able to have even more input into the system this year, putting his imprint on the system now knowing what we’re doing, what he likes, what he doesn’t, and why he likes what he likes in our system.”

Indy can’t wait to see how things play out in training camp. But the last month certainly has presented some challenges, and not just because of Luck.

Rookie center Javon Patterson, a seventh-round draft pick, and defensive end Jegs Jegede, an undrafted rookie from Valdosta State, landed on season-ending injured reserve.

Fourth-string quarterback Chad Kelly will miss the first two regular-season games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Backup offensive tackle Antonio Garcia received a four-game suspension Monday for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

General manager Chris Ballard explained last week why he drafted linebacker Bobby Okereke in the third round, knowing Okereke had been accused of sexual assault in 2015.

And after re-signing 11 of the team’s 20 free agents and adding receiver Devin Funchess, running back Spencer Ware and pass rusher Justin Houston, Ballard signed punter Rigoberto Sanchez to a contract extension last week, and long snapper Luke Rhodes to an extension Tuesday.

All that’s missing now is Luck.

“Within the calf strain injury, I’d say it’s on the longer side. I don’t think it’s out of the range of a calf strain but it’s definitely on the longer side,” Reich said. “We’re not concerned.”

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Reggie Wayne trolls Titans fans in response to boos at NFL Draft

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How do you clap back when you get booed?

Go straight up savage.

Reggie Wayne, former Colts wide receiver and Titans nemesis, felt the wrath in Nashville while on stage to announce Indianapolis’ second-round pick at the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Before calling out the name of Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin at No. 34 overall, Wayne took a moment to address the jeering crowd.

“C’mon Tennessee,” Wayne said. “Y’all have played the Colts 20 times in 10 years and you’ve won three games. Stop it.”

Shots fired.

The smackdown lit up Twitter, with the Colts’ official account tweeting a gif of Ice Cube and Chris Tucker from the movie “Friday.”

“Your new owner of the Tennessee Titans: Reggie Wayne,” said one tweet.

For the record, Wayne played against the Titans 24 times in his 14-year career with the Colts, coming out on the winning side 18 times. In those games, he caught 112 passes for a combined 1,573 yards and ten touchdowns.

The pick of Ya-Sin marks the first time since 2005 the Colts have taken a cornerback in the top 35 picks.

The last time Indy selected a cornerback this high was in 2005 when it took Marlin Jackson out of Michigan at No. 29. Jackson remains a memorable player because it was his late interception that sealed the 2006 AFC Championship game win over New England. Two weeks later, the Colts won the Super Bowl.

“I only played football in high school for two years and felt like I was under-recruited,” Ya-Sin said. “I just believed in myself. I felt like I had the talent, I had the work ethic and I had great coaches (at Temple) around me.”

Ya-Sin is a 6-foot, 192-pound Georgia native who played his first three seasons at Presbyterian College in South Carolina before landing at Temple as a graduate transfer. There, Ya-Sin caught the attention of NFL scouts by recording 47 tackles and finishing 14th in the FBS with 12 passes defended.

And the two-time Georgia state wrestling champion managed to take some of the skills he learned on the mat to the football field.

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“It’s a team sport but it’s a lot of one-on-one matchups and you have to beat one guy so you’re not afraid to stand up against a guy man to man or to stay on top of a guy in the zone,” Ya-Sin said. “The hand-fighting, a takedown is a tackle you know.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Top NFL Draft picks have been mostly successful over the last decade — a brief look at their careers

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Possessing the coveted No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft doesn’t guarantee a team’s selection will blossom into a franchise player.

Draft busts come in all shapes, sizes and positions, even among players taken in the first round — considered the best-of-the-best. You can be a quarterback such as David Carr, a defensive end like Courtney Brown or a running back like Ki-Jana Carter and not make it in the NFL.

No. 1 overall picks, however, have had a pretty good run for the past decade. The previously hapless Cleveland Browns appear to have found franchise players in Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett, while the Indianapolis Colts are beginning to find success again with their former top pick Andrew Luck.

Here’s a look at the top picks over the last decade and where their careers have gone.

BAKER MAYFIELD

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The Browns selected Baker Mayfield as the top pick last year in a quarterback-rich draft that created a national debate about which passer the Browns would — or should — take. It took until Week 3 against the New York Jets for Mayfield to get in a game, but he helped the Browns to a win — which had been a nearly-extinct stat in recent years for Cleveland.

He went on to lead the Browns to a 7-8-1 record, throwing 27 touchdowns in 14 games and setting a record for the most thrown by a rookie.

Mayfield appears primed for a sophomore surge with a new weapon, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and the Browns could be making a playoff push this season.

MYLES GARRETT

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Defensive end Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns takes part in a tackling drill during a rookie mini camp practice on May 13, 2017 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

The Browns also had the No. 1 pick in 2017 — the back-to-back top selections a blessing, but also a tribute to the franchise’s futility — and opted to take Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. Garrett, a brooding defensive lineman, only played 11 games his rookie season but stepped up in his sophomore campaign.

Garrett earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl last season, recording 13.5 sacks and 44 tackles. He also forced three fumbles.

JARED GOFF

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) on his sidelines during the second half of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

It took some time for Jared Goff to get going, but when the Los Angeles Rams put the right pieces around him, Goff took off, helping lead the team to a Super Bowl appearance last season.

Goff was taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and only played in seven games his rookie season.

But last season he came into his own, with the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback throwing for 4,688 passing yards and 32 touchdown passes.

JAMEIS WINSTON

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Jameis Winston is entering his fifth NFL season in 2019. (Associated Press)

Jameis Winston isn’t having the career the Tampa Bay Buccaneers imagined — or at least hoped for — when he was selected No. 1 overall out of Florida State in 2015.

Despite tossing 88 career touchdown passes (and 58 interceptions), Winston has only put together one season in which his team posted a winning record and has never made the playoffs. He did, however, appear in one Pro Bowl.

Winston was also embroiled in an investigation over an alleged sexual assault in 2017 and was suspended for three games in 2018 over the incident. As a result, he briefly lost his quarterback job to journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and only started nine games for Tampa Bay last season.

JADAVEON CLOWNEY

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Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans walks on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Texans 32-30.  (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Houston Texans took powerhouse defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was slow to get back on track after being derailed due to injuries in his first two seasons — but he’s made up for it over the last three years.

Clowney has made the Pro Bowl in three straight seasons. In the last two seasons, he’s recorded nine or more sacks. Clowney has helped turned the Texans’ defensive line into a powerful force and he should continue to be dominant alongside fellow defensive star J.J. Watt.

ERIC FISHER

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Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher (72) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft in a move designed to shore up the team’s offensive line.

He may not have been the best or most flashy selection of the No. 1 overall picks in the last 10 years, but a Pro Bowl appearance last season, and the Chiefs deep run in the playoffs may have put some minds at ease.

Fisher has also played in every regular season game since his rookie year.

ANDREW LUCK

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck celebrates after Jack Doyle scored on a three-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

The Indianapolis Colts decided to go with Andrew Luck over Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft. Luck helped the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, creating hope that Peyton Manning’s successor could soon secure a Super Bowl.

However, a shoulder injury threw everything into disarray. He only played in seven games in 2015 and missed the entire 2017 season. There was worry over whether Luck would ever be the same again.

Those fears were quieted last season, though, when Luck led the Colts back into the playoffs with a 10-6 record and a near career-high in passing yards (4,593) and touchdown passes (39).

CAM NEWTON

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium.  (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

On the heels of his national championship with Auburn, the Carolina Panthers selected Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. It would only take a few years for Newton to lead the team to a Super Bowl, though Carolina lost.

Still, confidence in Newton has paid off for the Panthers. He won an MVP award in 2015 and was an All-Pro selection. The same year, he led the Panthers to a 15-1 season.

SAM BRADFORD

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Jun 17, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) walks onto the field during minicamp at The NovaCare Complex. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Sam Bradford may have had the wildest career of the recent No. 1 draft picks. He was originally taken by the St. Louis Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft and started 16 games his rookie season.

But after his rookie year, Bradford became plagued by injuries, particularly involving his knee. After missing the entire 2014 season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, but he never took flight in the City of Brotherly Love. The next season, he was on the move again, traded to the Minnesota Vikings and putting together a palatable 7-8 record and leading the league in completion percentage (71.6 percent).

In 2017, he played in only a single game — the first of the season — before going on the shelf due to another knee injury. Bradford latched onto the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, but had been replaced by rookie Josh Rosen by Week 3 .He is currently a free agent.

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Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions walks to the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 11, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions selected Matthew Stafford with the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Though he would only play 13 games in his first two seasons, Stafford would eventually go on to rank among the top quarterbacks in the league.

In 10 seasons with the Lions, he’s thrown for more than 4,000 passing yards seven times. He’s had more than 30 touchdown passes twice, with a career-high mark of 41 in 2011.

He’s been named to one Pro Bowl and was the 2011 AP Comeback Player of the Year. However, he’s only played in three playoff games — and lost all of them.

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Indianapolis Colts’ Darius Leonard helps change woman’s tire on side of road

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard tackled a different problem over the weekend.

Leonard helped a woman change a tire while she was broken down on the side of the road. Martha Isbell posted the video of Leonard changing the tire on social media.

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“Darius Leonard continues to be an outstanding player on and off the field,” she tweeted. “So thankful to God that he stopped and helped me. Much love!”

It’s unclear where the woman was broken down. Isbell lists Lake View, S.C., as her location on Twitter.

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Leonard won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award last season. He played in 15 games and led the league in combined tackles with 163 and solo tackles with 111. He also recorded four forced fumbles.

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