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Recent articles by Mike:

Opinion: As Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes meet once again, NFL torch seemingly is passing

Sunday's NFL game between Tom Brady's Bucs and Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs is kind of like Michael Jordan meeting an ascending LeBron James,. → Read More

After improbable two-year comeback, Washington QB Alex Smith aims to inspire others to live in the moment

Two years after a gruesome leg injury, Alex Smith is once again a starting QB in the NFL. He hopes his story can be a beacon to others. → Read More

NFL stiffens COVID-19 protocols, requires players to wear masks or shields in practice

League also mandates meeting locations, disallows dining at team cafeterias as virus numbers rise nationally. → Read More

Opinion: Drew Brees' injuries leave Saints with QB decision that could define season — and beyond

If Drew Brees is forced to miss a significant stretch, Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill could shape the rest of the season — and potentially more. → Read More

10 burning questions for the second half of the NFL regular season

From the playoff push to the MVP race, the second half of the NFL season will feature plenty of intriguing developments. → Read More

Opinion: DK Metcalf has accelerated his evolution, yet Seahawks WR still has room to grow

At 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, DK Metcalf went from a mere physical marvel to one of the NFL's rising stars. → Read More

Opinion: Returning to the field two years after gruesome injury, Alex Smith proves triumphant even in Washington loss

From the 30-10 loss to his paltry stats, Alex Smith didn't have the most fruitful return to action in the NFL. But the QB's day was still a triumph. → Read More

Opinion: In pursuit of 'short-term glory,' Ron Rivera falls into familiar trap for Washington by benching Dwayne Haskins

Ron Rivera is intent on making Washington competitive now, but his decision to bench QB Dwayne Haskins could have long-term ramifications. → Read More

Texans fire coach, general manager Bill O'Brien after 0-4 start to season

Bill O'Brien had taken the Houston Texans to the playoffs in four of six seasons, but he didn't survive this year's 0-4 start. → Read More

Titans' Vrabel determined to keep suicide-prevention message going: 'People are there for you'

Although the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month campaigns may end, Titans coach Mike Vrabel intends to remain vocal about preventing suicide. → Read More

Opinion: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs prove they're in separate class from Ravens, rest of NFL

Can anyone stop the Chiefs from repeating as champs? That's the question the rest of the NFL has to answer after Kansas City dominated yet again. → Read More

Chiefs open Super Bowl title defense by rolling past Texans

In a rematch of last season's AFC divisional playoff matchup, the Chiefs once again found an offensive spark to surge past the Texans. → Read More

Opinion: These nine NFL QBs are facing immense pressure to deliver in 2020 season

Every NFL team has its starting quarterback in place for the 2020 season, but changes could be coming this year — and beyond. → Read More

Deshaun Watson agrees to huge four-year contract extension with Houston Texans

The Houston Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson agreed to a four-year extension, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. → Read More

After tumultuous year away from football, Trent Williams counts his blessings with 49ers

After spending last year out of football amid a health scare and clash with Washington, Trent Williams now has a fresh start in San Francisco. → Read More

NFL taking over investigation into allegations within Washington Football Team

The NFL is taking over the investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment within the Washington Football Team. → Read More

Opinion: NFL training camp limitations leave many rookies, coaching staffs in tough spot

Training camps typically provide ample opportunity for unproved young players to make waves. This year, however, reps will be in short supply. → Read More

Opinion: 'Clock is ticking' for Tom Brady, but QB is well-equipped for challenge with Buccaneers

Tom Brady acknowledged that "the clock is ticking" for him and others, but the QB is accustomed to taking on big challenges. → Read More

NFL owners, players reach financial and practice agreements that will allow 2020 training camps to start on time

League lays out itinerary for camps, specifics for opt-out provisions and a way to spread expected financial losses over future salary caps. → Read More

NFL agrees to cancel 2020 preseason, reduce team roster sizes to 80 for training camp

Owners accept players' demand to play no exhibition games amid COVID-19 pandemic, will reduce training camp roster sizes to 80 amid social distancing concerns. → Read More