Dou­glas agrees to terms with Dol­phins

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lo­ca­tions on each hel­met were tested us­ing four speeds of im­pact, based on an anal­y­sis of game film and com­puter mod­els in an at­tempt to repli­cate ac­tual hits.

The re­sults showed that all 16 hel­mets met or ex­ceeded na­tional stan­dards to pro­tect play­ers against trau­matic head in­juries, and none per­formed worse than a ref­er­ence group of hel­mets from the 1990s. Three of the mod­ern hel­mets — the Rid­dell Revo­lu­tion, the Revo­lu­tion Speed and the Schutt DNA Pro — were sin­gled out as the top-per­form­ing hel­mets.

NFL play­ers can choose to use any hel­met that meets na­tional safety stan­dards. fore he be­gins the fi­nal sea­son of a con­tract. Tom­lin is only the Steel­ers’ third coach since 1969, fol­low­ing Chuck Noll (1969-91) and Bill Cowher (1992-2006).

Tom­lin is 31-17 in three sea­sons, with two di­vi­sion ti­tles, an AFC cham­pi­onship and a Su­per Bowl vic­tory.

MI­AMI — The Mi­ami Dol­phins moved quickly to find a re­place­ment for in­jured de­fen­sive end Phillip Mer­ling.

Free agent Mar­ques Dou­glas agreed to terms on a $2.5 mil­lion, two-year con­tract, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions said.

Dou­glas shores up a po­si­tion de­pleted when Mer­ling re­cently suf­fered an Achilles’ ten­don in­jury that will force him to miss the en­tire sea­son.

Dou­glas, 33, started 12 games for the New York Jets’ top-ranked de­fense last year. He’ll com­pete for play­ing time with the Dol­phins’ No. 1 draft pick, Jared Odrick.

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