Goodell, NFL close to 5-year extension

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(TSX / STATS) -- Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL are close to a new five-year contract extension that would run through the 2024 season.

The news was first reported Monday by the Sports Business Journal and confirmed by ESPN and NFL Network.

The terms of Goodell's new deal, if reached, would be similar to his current contract which expires in 2019, according to the Sports Business Journal.

ESPN: Bell back with Steelers next week

(TSX / STATS) -- Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to report to training camp or sign his $12.12 million franchise tender, is expected miss another preseason game as he continues his holdout.

Bell plans to stay away from Week 3 of the preseason, but a source told ESPN he could be back with the Steelers shortly after Saturday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. (MORE)

Alabama opens No. 1 again in AP poll

(TSX / STATS) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide will start the college football season as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll for the second straight year.

The top ranking in the AP preseason media poll released Monday is Alabama's sixth time in history and fourth under coach Nick Saban. (MORE)

Giants WR Beckham sprains left ankle

(TSX / STATS) -- Odell Beckham Jr.'s night ended prematurely when he suffered a sprained ankle after taking a hit in the second quarter of Monday's preseason game between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland.

Beckham also was checked for a concussion and was cleared. X-rays came back negative for more serious injuries. He will undergo further testing upon his return to New York. (MORE)

Group of Browns kneels during anthem

(TSX / STATS) -- Eleven Cleveland Browns players knelt during the national anthem prior to the Monday night preseason game against the New York Giants in Cleveland.

The 11 players knelt in a circle behind the Browns bench, and five other Browns players stood nearby with a hand on a kneeling teammate's shoulder in an apparent sign of support. (MORE)

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