Carolina Panthers tight end Ed Dickson (L) dives for a touchdown against Atlanta Falcons inside linebacker Paul Worrilow during the first half of their NFL American football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (Photograph: EPA/Erik S. Lesser)

The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks claimed the number one seed in the NFC playoffs with Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and Pitts(...)

 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning  is surrounded by the media after a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he broke the all-time NFL record with 509 career touchdowns. Photograph:  t Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Peyton Manning paid tribute to team-mates past and present after breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most career touchdown passes.Denver Broncos qu(...)

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (right) is charged with aggravated assault in connection with two alleged incidents of domestic violence. Photograph: Brad Penner/Reuters

The National Football League’s woes continue to mount after another professional American footballer was arrested on domestic violence charges, addin(...)

Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy closes in on  Drew Brees (No 9) of the New Orleans Saints during the clash at the America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals all clinched play-off spots as the National Football League playoff picture came in(...)

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. Photograph:   Richard Clement/Reuters

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak did not suffer a heart attack in his team’s NFL loss to the Indianapolis Colts, defensive co-ordinator Wade Phi(...)

New York Giants running back Michael Cox (29), centre, and linebacker Kyle Bosworth (48) keep from heavy contact during the Giant’s training camp in East Rutherford, NJ. Photograph: Demetrius Freeman/The New York Times

BILL PENNINGTON Pro football summer training camps once were filled with two practices a day, gruelling sessions that featured helmeted players clashi(...)

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