Belichick assured the league the team never used information from the tapes during the same game and said he simply misinterpreted the league’s rule.

Despite rhetoric from the Beltway, the Patriots received no further sanctions — even after a long-delayed meeting in May 2008 between Goodell and Matt Walsh, an ex-Pats videographer who worked for the team from 2000 to 2002. Walsh came forward and eventually handed the league eight additional tapes, including evidence that the team was swiping in-game defensive and offensive signals against -Miami, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and San Diego in 2000 and 2001.

Despite the losses of star cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Cam Chancellor, the Seahawks’ defense has not faltered, holding its first two opponents under 200 passing yards then allowing just 10 points to the Eagles, who were NFL’s highest-scoring offense.

The Seahawks hold the NFC’s No. 5 seed with four games remaining. But among their remaining games are Sunday against 8-4 Jacksonville and a home game against the NFC West-leading 9-3 Rams.

There’s a lot of skepticism about the Redskins ever getting into this territory for Cousins. Waiting is going to make signing Cousins more difficult for the Redskins because Derek Carr, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford are in line for offseason extensions from the Raiders, Falcons and Lions that should eclipse $25 million per year.

Shazier confirmed a report from NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya was “100 percent correct” in specifying that his lower-body movement remains a work in progress.

“Although he does have movement in his legs, he is not walking on his own,” Tafoya wrote. “Shazier needs assistance from a walker or other people or to support him in his rehabilitation walking, which remains a struggle.”

Shazier suffered a serious spinal injury in a Dec. 4 game against the Bengals and has been recovering from a spinal stabilization surgery he underwent Dec. 6. He was released from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute last Thursday.

Shazier made appearances at Heinz Field for games against the Patriots and Browns in December and visited his teammates at practice in January during his recovery. His father, Vernon, said his son reclaimed feeling in his legs last month.nike-youth-cardinals-058

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