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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked TE Jesse James if not getting another crack at New England last season fuels the Steelers this offseason. His response was blunt. "We didn't earn it. We lost to a team (Jacksonville) that beat us up and got the best of us and beat us twice. No excuses there. We had our chance to...give (the Patriots) a run for their money, but we didn't handle our business first."

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The misdemeanor marijuana charge against 49ers LB Reuben Foster has been dismissed, the district court in Tuscaloosa County confirmed Friday afternoon. Foster must pay court costs, which includes a $100 bail bond fee. Foster had two felony charges related to domestic violence against him dismissed on Wednesday.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

No real surprises in the Packers' revamped scouting department: Jon-Eric Sullivan, John Wojciechowski and Matt Malaspina are GM Brian Gutekunst's right-hand men.

Adam Caplan @caplannfl

Former NFL DB Brandian Ross has been named as a college scout by the #Packers. He was a scouting assistant last season for the team.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Meaningful message in New England: Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona, who is on active duty in the Navy, speaks to students at a Memorial Day singalong at Hanlon Elementary School in Westwood, Mass. He talked about remembering those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter believes it's important to keep having talks with players about the national anthem and issues that led to the protests.


Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas is still absent from OTAs, which are voluntary. Asked if he anticipates Thomas being at mandatory minicamp next month, coach Pete Carroll answered in the affirmative but didn't sound as though he's certain of it. "I would think so, yeah. Everybody's got to come to minicamp," he said. Cornerback Byron Maxwell and defensive end Frank Clark were also absent. Right guard D.J. Fluker (knee), kicker Sebastian Janikowski (hip) and defensive end Dion Jordan were among those not practicing. Shaquill Griffin, who started at right cornerback last year, is getting a look on the left side, Richard Sherman's old spot. That may be related to Maxwell's absence.