HBO's Hard Knocks show will have co-headliners for the first time, as the network and NFL Films announced on Thursday they will include both Los Angeles franchises for this year's training camp docuseries. 

'Hard Knocks: Los Angeles' will focus on both the Rams and Chargers as each prepare for their first seasons as co-tenants in the brand-new SoFi Stadium in nearby Inglewood. The five-episode series will debut Aug. 11.

"We are looking forward to having Hard Knocks in our camp this year," Rams coach Sean McVay said.

"Hard Knocks always offers a rare opportunity for our fans to see our players' hard work to prepare for the season, as well as gives them a peek behind the curtain to observe these guys off the field, too.

"This year will be special because the show will also get an unprecedented look at SoFi Stadium, (Rams owner) Stan Kroenke's vision for professional football in L.A."

The Rams were previously featured on the show in 2016, the first year of their return to Los Angeles after a 21-year run in St. Louis.

They will join the Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2007) and Cincinnati Bengals (2009, 2013) as the only teams to appear twice on Hard Knocks, which HBO has aired every summer since 2001 but has chronicled only one team in prior seasons.

HBO also announced it has extended its agreement with NFL Media and NFL Films to produce the series in future years.

"NFL Films cherishes the relationship we've had with HBO for over four decades, and specifically with the Hard Knocks franchise since 2001," NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover said.

"To be able to announce this extension as we embark on an unprecedented two-team series this summer brings us incredible pride and only heightens our excitement for the return of football."

The Chargers will also be ushering a new era in multiple ways, having parted with longtime quarterback Philip Rivers during the offseason and selecting Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert in the first round of this year's draft. The Rams, meanwhile, will be attempting to bounce back from a disappointing 9-7 campaign in 2019 after reaching the Super Bowl the previous season.

The two Los Angeles teams are based around 80 miles apart, with the Chargers located in Costa Mesa and the Rams in Thousand Oaks.

The NFL has mandated that teams hold their training camps at their own facilities this year for health and safety reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey is still seeking a long-term contract extension, but he says he will not hold out and will attend training camp.

Ramsey earned his third straight Pro Bowl selection last season and is widely considered among the best in the league at his position.

Acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars in October for two first-round picks, Ramsey totaled 33 tackles, four passes defended, one forced fumble and one interception in nine games for the Rams this past season.

Ramsey will make $13.703million this upcoming season in the fifth year of his rookie deal and the Rams have already said they realise he deserves to be one of the NFL's highest-paid cornerbacks.

"It will get handled," Ramsey said on Tuesday in a video conference call.

"The Rams know where I stand, and that's all that matters. They've been in contact with my agent. They're on the same page. They know what's up … Everybody knew what type of situation it was going to be once they traded for me. I think it doesn't need to be talked about that much. It'll get handled."

Ramsey's contract could end up exceeding the five-year, $82.5m deal that the Miami Dolphins gave Byron Jones in March that made him the highest-paid cornerback in the league.

"There's a lot of dialogue," Rams coach Sean McVay said on a video conference with reporters. "The anticipation in acquiring him is that he is a Ram for a long time. We went and got this guy with the hope that it's not a short-term thing."

Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald said playing NFL games without fans "wouldn't be fun" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rams are scheduled to open their 2020 NFL campaign against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on September 13.

It remains to be seen if supporters will be allowed to attend games due to the COVID-19 crisis which has wreaked havoc globally, with teams starting to return to their facilities this week.

Rams defensive tackle and six-time Pro Bowler Donald is not a fan of playing behind closed doors.

"You need fans to play a game," Donald told reporters via a videoconference on Thursday. "I don't see how you could play a game without no fans, I feel like that takes out the excitement and the fun out of the game.

"I feel like the fans is what pick you up. The fans is what makes the game exciting. The fans will give you that extra juice when you're tired and fatigued, when you make that big play and you hear 80,000 fans going crazy. That just pumps you up."

Donald added: "You practice, and practice is practice. And then you prepare to play a game and be on a big stage and play in front of a crowd.

"Just no excitement [without fans]. It wouldn't be fun to me. I don't think it would be fun to play a football game without fans."

Former Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson blasted the team's new uniforms, saying it made the NFC West franchise look "soft".

Having introduced a new logo to much derision earlier in the offseason ahead of their expected move to a new stadium later this year, the Rams became the latest NFL team to unveil fresh uniforms on Wednesday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers' updated looks all won approval on social media, but the Rams' 'royal' and 'bone' uniforms had a less-than-favourable response.

Hall of Famer Dickerson was certainly not a fan as he ripped the parallels between the Rams' look and that of Los Angeles' other team, the Chargers.

"I'll say this, the colours are not bad," Dickerson told AM570.

"If you wanna change the colours, make them look brighter. The uniform's not bad.

"I just don't like the stripe around the sleeve. It's not big enough.

"It almost looks like a lightning bolt, like the Chargers' uniform. I don't like the stripe down the pants. I wish it was bigger.

"And the horn, man, it's horrible. I just feel like they really took away from the Rams' uniform. And it looks almost like the Chargers' logo. It looks like two bananas!

"This is football. This ain't nothing to do with surfing. This ain't nothing to do with waves. This is football. This is a man's sport.

"And to me, it just looks soft. It don't look like football. It don't look hard."

While teams select players in the first round of the NFL Draft hoping they will be game-changers, rosters are built on day two.

The Cincinnati Bengals opened the 2020 draft on Thursday by picking who they hope will be their franchise quarterback for the next decade. They opened round two on Friday by getting Joe Burrow a weapon, drafting Tee Higgins with the 33rd pick.

Twenty picks later came the biggest story of the second round with the Philadelphia Eagles grabbing Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at number 53.

Hurts led Alabama to back-to-back national championship games as a freshman and sophomore before famously being benched for Tua Tagovailoa, and then led the Sooners to a Big 12 title this past season as a senior while garnering third-team AP All-American honors. He is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback that now joins an Eagles offense that is already led by an established QB in Carson Wentz.

Hurts ended up being the only quarterback selected on day two after both Jacob Eason from Washington and Jake Fromm from Georgia were passed over.

Higgins' selection continued the trend from the first round of wide receivers being gobbled up. After six receivers were drafted in the first round, seven went in the second. The 13 receivers selected in the first two rounds are the most taken through two rounds in draft history, breaking the record of 12 from 2014.

Higgins had 25 touchdown catches over the past two seasons with Clemson, the most by an ACC player in a two-year span since North Carolina State's Torry Holt had 27 from 1997-98.

One pick after Higgins was drafted, the Indianapolis Colts picked USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who tied for the FBS lead last season with four games of 10 or more receptions.

A run on running backs was expected for day two after only one went in the first round, and it did not take long for the first one to be selected, with the Detroit Lions taking Georgia's D'Andre Swift at number 35.

After playing behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as a freshman in 2017, Swift amassed 2,267 rushing yards in his final two years with the Bulldogs. He averaged 6.55 yards per carry in his collegiate career, second best in SEC history behind Bo Jackson's 6.62 (minimum 400 carries).

Six picks later, the Colts continued to build their offense, selecting three-time All-American running back Jonathon Taylor out of Wisconsin. In just three seasons, Taylor rushed for 6,174 yards and his average of 150.6 rushing yards per game are the third most by a major conference player all time, behind O.J. Simpson (164.4) and Herschel Walker (159.4).

Three more backs were selected before the end of the second round with the Los Angeles Rams taking Florida State's Cam Akers at number 52, the Baltimore Ravens drafting J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State at 55 and the Green Bay Packers selecting Boston College's AJ Dillon at 62.

Not technically listed as a running back, though he carried the ball plenty of times at Kentucky, All-American Lynn Bowden was one of the more interesting picks of day two when he was selected with the 80th overall pick by the Las Vegas Raiders. 

The do-it-all playmaker started at receiver and quarterback as a junior in 2019, running the wildcat offense at QB, finishing the season with 1,468 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs as well as 348 receiving yards. It will be intriguing to see how he will be used in Jon Gruden's offense. 

While the 2020 draft kicked off with Burrow being selected out of LSU, linebacker Jacob Phillips became the 10th player chosen from LSU when he was picked by the Cleveland Browns at number 97. The 10 players out of LSU are the most from one school through three rounds in the history of the draft.

The third round concluded with the Baltimore Ravens selecting guard Tyre Phillips out of Mississippi State. He became the 15th player out of the SEC selected in the third round after 10 SEC players were drafted in the second, a day after a record 15 first-round picks came from the SEC.

Von Miller urged his social media followers to take coronavirus "seriously" after the Denver Broncos' star linebacker was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Shortly after Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen was revealed as the first known active NFL player to have contracted the virus, it was confirmed that Miller had also tested positive.

The Broncos announced eight-time Pro Bowler Miller, who was the MVP of Super Bowl 50, is in self-isolation at home and is being cared for by team doctors.

In a post on his Instagram story, Miller thanked those who have offered their support.

"Thanks for the love everybody," he wrote.

"That's dope! AF! I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get thru this!

"Take this seriously. It's definitely FOR REAL".

Rams offensive lineman Allen revealed the details of his battle against coronavirus in a Q&A on The Athletic in which he said he was unable to smell anything, including smelling salts.

"I tested positive three weeks ago then I actually tested positive again last week," he said.

"I won't have to go take the test again though because I've been symptom-free from the flu for a period of time now."

On how long doctors had told him it would be before he gets his sense of taste and smell back, Allen added: "Initially they told me it may not come back for six-to-eight months but everything is just a guess at this point.

"I have not gotten it as bad as other people have. It is ruining a lot of lives.

"But for me it is just a flu and the loss of smell and taste. I'm lucky."

Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen has become the first active NFL player to reveal publicly that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is now symptom-free.

Allen, who first tested positive three weeks ago and again last week, said he lost all smell and taste due to the virus, but he has improved and expects to receive what he termed "all clear" this week.

"I couldn't smell anything," Allen told Fox Sports on Wednesday.

"I lost all sense of smell to the point where I had smelling salts here, I cracked them open, put them to my nose and nothing happened.

"All I could feel was texture in my mouth – literally, it was the only sense I had. Then I got periodic sore throats. I got really fatigued, my throat would start burning, everything felt different than every other flu I've had."

Allen has appeared in 22 games for the Rams with nine starts since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2018 out of Michigan State.

While Allen is the first active NFL player to say he has tested positive, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and one unidentified member of the Los Angeles Chargers' organisation have tested positive.

Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen has become the first active NFL player to reveal publicly that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is now symptom-free, according to Fox Sports.

Allen, who first tested positive three weeks ago and again last week, said he lost all smell and taste due to the virus, but he has improved and expects to receive what he termed "all clear" this week.

Allen has appeared in 22 games for the Rams with nine starts since he was drafted in the fourth round in 2018 out of Michigan State.

While Allen is the first active NFL player to say he has tested positive, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and one unidentified member of the Los Angeles Chargers' organisation have tested positive.

After riding one of the league's most explosive offenses to the Super Bowl in 2018, the Los Angeles Rams' high-scoring attack took a step back last season. It will be down a pair of playmakers for this upcoming season but quarterback Jared Goff says not to worry.

Goff will no longer have running back Todd Gurley and receiver Brandin Cooks at his disposal after Gurley was released on March 19 and Cooks was traded to the Houston Texans on Friday.

''It's always super tough to lose friends or team-mates,'' Goff said during a conference call on Wednesday.

"I understand there's a business in this game and those two guys understand that as well, and that was a decision made. Whatever the decision is, we move forward."

Despite no longer having a three-time Pro Bowler in Gurley and a four-time 1,000-yard receiver in Cooks, Goff does not see a reason to panic.

''We'll be just fine,'' he said. ''Nothing to worry about. I mean, we've got a lot of work to do, [but] it's only April right now, and we're going to work through this offseason and let's see what comes of it due to the coronavirus, but it's how the game goes. Teams make changes all the time, and we're going to find other contributors.''

Running back Darrell Henderson Jr. is expected to fill the void in the backfield while Josh Reynolds will step in to a starting receiver role. Henderson carried the ball 39 times for 147 yards and a 3.8 average last season and Reynolds caught 21 passes for 326 yards and one score. 

"I would expect some of the stuff that was tailored to Brandin and Todd to be not there anymore. That's the easiest way to say it," Goff said. "There was a lot of runs that Todd really liked and a lot of stuff that we did to get Todd the ball in certain ways."

Gurley had 21 offensive touchdowns in 2018 as the Rams ranked second in the NFL in scoring at 32.9 points per game – the franchise's highest mark since the 2000 team averaged 33.8 points. Los Angeles' scoring dipped to 11th in the league last season at 24.6 points per game, and Goff says regardless of who is lining up around him, it is all up to him for the offense to be successful.

''It's always been on me,'' he said. ''It's always been on the quarterback, and that's never changed. Since I've come into the league, it's always been up to me to make things happen.''

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is known for his speed and he has sure done a lot of moving lately, reportedly traded by the Los Angeles Rams to the Houston Texans.

The Rams have agreed to traded Cooks to the Texans for a second-round pick while sending a future fourth-rounder to Houston, according to ESPN. The Texans will be the fourth team that Cooks has played for in his six-year career.

He will help fill the void left by the Texans' shock trade of superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was sent to the Arizona Cardinals last month for running back David Johnson and two draft picks.

Cooks spent his first three seasons with the New Orleans Saints before he was dealt to the New England Patriots prior to the 2017 season. He spent one season in New England and was traded to the Rams in April 2018.

Los Angeles signed Cooks to an $81million contract extension through 2023 before he played a game for the team.

Cooks had his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2018 but declined last season to a career-low 42 receptions and 583 yards with two touchdowns. He also missed two games due to concussion issues.

Todd Gurley has admitted he did not see his Los Angeles Rams release coming.

The running back was cut by the Rams on March 19 and promptly signed on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons in a homecoming move, having spent his college career with Georgia.

Gurley had signed a four-year, $60million deal with the Rams in 2018 but the contract became an increasing burden and his hasty release came hours before $10.5m would have become guaranteed.

The number 10 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft was Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and while his fortunes had dipped as he contended with a knee injury, the Rams' decision came as a surprise to the 25-year-old.

Gurley still took it in his stride, joking on social media about being fired on his day off.

"I didn't see it coming, but obviously I've seen the process over the years, so I understand the business and I understand how it goes,'' Gurley said, per ESPN.

"But I'm also the same type of person, when someone else is getting cut, I'm joking on them. So I can't get mad if somebody jokes on me. 

"I joke on myself all the time. If you knew me, you know that's me. And it's all jokes. It's some truth to every little joke but I'm still just having fun with it and that's the only thing I can do. 

"Stuck in the house all day. I know people are drinking and having fun, so I'm going to have fun with y'all."

Following his superb 2017 season, Gurley racked up 21 total touchdowns in 2018 as he helped the Rams to the Super Bowl.

But he was limited to five touches in the NFC Championship game and 11 in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, while in 2019 his 223 rushing attempts represented the lowest total in his NFL career.

Asked about his reduced role, Gurley added: "I don't know what happened. I try not to press the issue about nothing, I kind of just sit back and do my job.

"It's not my job to tell who to give me the ball, so if it happens, it happens. I'm not going to b***h about anything. 

"I'm just going to keep quiet and do my part. But when I get the ball, you know I'm going to do good with it for the most part, especially when stuff is going good. All I know is I'm with the Falcons now.''

Michael Brockers has returned to the Los Angeles Rams after his proposed move to the Baltimore Ravens broke down over a contract dispute.

The defensive lineman’s agent Scott Casterline confirmed to NFL Media that a deal had been done with the Rams.

Brockers has reportedly agreed a three-year pact with a maximum value of around $31.5million, similar to what he would have got with the Ravens.

The 29-year-old was poised to join the Ravens in free agency until a high ankle sprain suffered against the Arizona Cardinals in the last game of the 2019 season was flagged up in a medical report.

The two parties could not agree on a reworked contract, and the Ravens officially announced on Friday they would not proceed with the deal, which had only been agreed "in principle" but was "yet to be finalised".

"Because of the COVID-19 epidemic and restricted travel, teams have had trouble finalising deals with a medical examination by their own doctors," read the Ravens' statement.

That led to Brockers promptly returning to the Rams, a development welcomed by his colleague Aaron Donald on social media.

Brockers was selected by the Rams in the first round of the 2012 draft and has spent his whole NFL career with the franchise. He was part of the team that reached Super Bowl LIII.

Todd Gurley has agreed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons following his release from the Los Angeles Rams.

Just one day on from being cut by the Rams after five seasons and three Pro Bowl selections, the running back found a new home in a move that is pending a successful physical.

Gurley, 25, replaces Devonta Freeman, who was released by Atlanta this week, on a one-year contract, per widespread reports.

He will look to improve a Falcons rushing attack that ranked 30th in the NFL last season, averaging a paltry 85.1 yards per game.

The swift move from the Falcons came after they were among the teams linked with a trade for Gurley prior to his Rams departure.

Gurley had signed a four-year, $60million deal less than two years ago but the contract became an increasing burden and his hasty release came hours before $10.5m would have become guaranteed.

Signing for the Falcons is a homecoming for him after spending his college career at Georgia prior to being selected by the Rams as the number 10 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Gurley moved with the team from St Louis to Los Angeles and was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.

He helped the Rams to the Super Bowl in the following season, though his lack of usage in that defeat to the New England Patriots was a topic of much speculation.

Debate has surrounded the extent to which Gurley has been battling to overcome a knee injury and he leaves the Rams having managed 72 starts, 5,404 rushing yards and 70 all-purpose touchdowns.

Fellow Rams standouts Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey both indicated their displeasure with Gurley's release on social media.

The Falcons have also added pass rusher Dante Fowler and tight end Hayden Hurst, while Austin Hooper left in free agency and cornerback Desmond Trufant was released along with Freeman.

Elsewhere, the Dallas Cowboys have agreed a one-year deal with safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, while guard Stefen Wisniewski has joined the Pittsburgh Steelers on a two-year contract.

Todd Gurley offered a light-hearted response to the news he had been released by the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday.

Running back Gurley was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2017 and starred again as the Rams reached the Super Bowl the following season.

But the team were less impressive in 2019 as Gurley struggled with knee problems.

His departure was confirmed less than two years into a four-year, $60million contract, prompting outrage from some – including team-mates Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey.

Defensive tackle Donald reacted with a single angry emoji, while cornerback Ramsey simply wrote: "Wow."

Gurley appeared in good spirits, though, as he accepted the decision, even making a joke.

Referring to ongoing self-isolation in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, he wrote: "Damn, I got fired on my day off. #QuarantineAndChill"

The former Georgia star then looked to agree with the assessment of two-time former Super Bowl champion Deion Sanders.

Sanders wrote: "Wow, the Rams release Todd Gurley! Please realise that this is a business that can ultimately take care of your wants and needs.

"When you realise this TRUTH, you will see the game clearly. #Truth"

Gurley quoted the post and added: "All business, nothing personal."

The Los Angeles Rams have released star running back Todd Gurley, the team announced on Thursday.

Three-time Pro Bowler Gurley was selected by the Rams as the number 10 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Gurley moved with the team from St Louis to Los Angeles and was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, before helping the Rams to the Super Bowl in the following season.

The 25-year-old former Georgia star managed 72 starts, 5,404 yards and 70 touchdowns in total.

Gurley had signed a four-year, $60million contract less than two years ago but subsequently suffered with knee problems as the offense toiled last year.

Keeping Gurley on the team on Thursday would reportedly have cost the Rams $10.5m, and they opted to release the player when no trade materialised.

Fellow Rams star Aaron Donald responded to the news by replying to a Twitter post from the NFL with a single angry emoji.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey simply posted: "Wow."

The Rams also released linebacker Clay Matthews, who joined the team as a free agent in 2019 and played 13 games.

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