The long-awaited Mueller report was released Thursday with no unexpected findings: the NFL initially botched the Ray Rice case and had a weak domestic abuse policy, but investigators found no evidence league officials saw tape of Rice hitting his fiancée before it was released.
Owners and executives were quick to say the league had learned from its mistakes and is solidly behind Commissioner Roger Goodell and changes he has made.
The 96-page report from former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III said the league's investigative system relied too much on information from law enforcement after the Ravens running back knocked out his fiancée in an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City on Feb. 15. Goodell and his investigators might have seen the video of Rice hitting Janay Palmer before handing down the suspension had they tried harder, the report said.
Just how hurt is Packers' Rodgers?
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned to practice for the Packers after sitting out because of a left calf injury, but one report indicates the injury might be worse than originally thought.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported Rodgers' calf muscle "has a slight tear in it in addition to be significantly strained." One doctor familiar with the injury said in the report, "There's no question [Rodgers] will play, but there's also no question he will not be 100 percent. The question is whether he'll be 95 percent or 50 percent."
•The Bears have hired Ryan Pace to replace Phil Emery as their next general manager. Pace, 37, joins the Bears from the New Orleans Saints, where he spent the past two seasons as director of player personnel.
•The Redskins confirmed the hiring of Scot McCloughan as general manager. McCloughan is a former executive with the 49ers and Seahawks.
•Coming and going: Dirk Koetter is the new offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers, while the Browns have parted ways with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.