Tom Pelissero

Tom Pelissero

Tom Pelissero is a reporter for NFL Network and

He has covered the NFL since 2003, with stints on the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers beats. Before joining NFL Media in 2017, he spent four years covering the NFL nationally for USA TODAY.

Tom also can be heard on SiriusXM NFL Radio and 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. He lives outside Minneapolis.


MOBILE, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts spoke to many NFL teams, media members and fans in recent days as part of Senior Bowl festivities, but few knew all he has been going through over the past couple weeks. Hurts' maternal grandfather, Otis Dewalt, died on... more


Marshawn Lynch's remarkable return to Seattle came together quickly after the Seahawks lost two running backs to injury Sunday. But Lynch's work to get ready began in secret a couple of weeks ago, after a visit to the Seahawks' facility left him w... more

A panel of media members votes on the NFL's recognized awards, which will be handed out during "NFL Honors" festivities at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami on Feb. 1, the eve of Super Bowl LIV. But what if the league's top talent evaluators voted... more

DE PERE, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy's right thumb bounces back and forth on the remote as he sits in his outsized mancave, controlling the video that plays on a TV in the corner while debate ensues around him about how to cover one NFL team after another'... more


Who is this year's Sean McVay -- the young, up-and-coming coach who may get an NFL head job sooner than later? This is the third year I've asked the question, and six names from the previous lists have been hired, including Matt LaFleur, Brian Fl... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and two prominent owners quietly traveled to Florida this week for the first formal bargaining session in more than a month with the players' union -- a meeting in which both sides modified their positions on the centra... more


WALTON, Ky. -- Mike Zimmer is steering a camouflage ATV down another tree-lined corridor when the conversation turns to the eye problems that started a few years ago. Zimmer has had eight surgeries on his right eye since the retina detached back in... more

The NFL has informed Johnathan Abram that he is being fined $28,075 for lowering the head to initiate contact in Monday's win over the Broncos -- and the Raiders' promising rookie safety is prepared to mount a unique (and painful) defense. A source... more

New York Jets defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd played every game his rookie year and passed every drug test. He says he had never knowingly taken a banned substance before this past offseason, and certainly never to gain a competitive advantage in a... more


No further bargaining sessions are scheduled between NFL owners and players over the next week, so as expected, the 2019 season will begin next Thursday without a new collective bargaining agreement in place, sources tell However, dialogue... more


Dion Jordan says he's sober, healthy and eager to help an NFL team in 2019. But first, the free-agent defensive end and former No. 3 overall pick must pay a price for a slipup that Jordan wants to make clear is not a resumption of substance-related i... more


How do NFL executives, scouts and coaches rank the quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft? No two boards are going to be the same, especially this year. Four different players -- at least! -- are the top-graded QB prospect for someone. They all have... more

There always are some surprise picks near the bottom of the first round of the NFL draft, and there's a sense inside the league the 2019 edition could have more than usual. Below you'll find four prospects who aren't exactly mock draft darlings, but... more


Nick Foles and Le'Veon Bell headline the list of notable players set to hit free agency next week, along with the Pro Bowl likes of Earl Thomas, C.J. Mosley, Anthony Barr and Landon Collins, among others. But the big names aren't the only guys who co... more


INDIANAPOLIS -- Kyler Murray. Dwayne Haskins . Daniel Jones . Drew Lock . Nearly every NFL executive and scout I've spoken to over the past week has those four at the top of the 2019 quarterback draft class. But good luck figuring out in which orde... more


Sunday's NFC Championship Game will showcase two of the NFL's best offensive minds calling plays. It also will showcase two very different ways of using personnel as a weapon. Through last weekend's Divisional Round games, Sean McVay and the Los... more


A panel of media members votes on the NFL's recognized awards, which will be handed out during "NFL Honors" festivities at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on February 2 (9PM ET/PT on CBS), the eve of Super Bowl LIII. But what if the league's top talent... more


MINNEAPOLIS -- The Saints deserved to relish this one for a moment, a prime-time triumph on the road against the Vikings team whose "Minneapolis Miracle" ended their playoff run back in January. But when the 30-20 win was complete Sunday night, a... more

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was published before the start of Week 8. Since then, a head-coaching position has opened, with the Browns firing Hue Jackson on Monday . At least one potential candidate for the job -- Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley (listed b... more

Amidst a wave of recent complaints from coaches and players about officiating, the head of the NFL Referees Association says officials have continued to grade out with a high percentage of correct calls while adapting on the fly to an evolving emphas... more


BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson caught a couple news cycles' worth of flak for saying he wanted to watch the tape before naming a starting quarterback in light of Tyrod Taylor's concussion and No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield's... more

The NFL will include Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' controversial roughing the passer penalty on a teaching video it distributes to clubs this week to emphasize the "scoop-and-pull" tactic Matthews used when he hit Kirk Cousins is, in fa... more

The NFL's head of officiating said Monday that officials erred when they penalized Browns defensive end Myles Garrett for roughing the passer , leading to a Pittsburgh Steelers touchdown one play later in the second quarter of Sunday's 21-all tie th... more


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It has been a month since one of Richard Sherman's first practice reps in training camp went viral, and the San Francisco 49ers teammate who ran past Sherman that day has been wanting to talk about it ever since. Not because... more

BEREA, Ohio -- How committed are the Cleveland Browns to starting Tyrod Taylor at quarterback this season? Let's start with coach Hue Jackson telling me Monday he doesn't plan to give No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield any first-team reps during the preseas... more


BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- It could've been a frustrating start to training camp for any quarterback, let alone a young one trying to set a tone in front of a new coach, his teammates and the media as Mitchell Trubisky was Friday afternoon. Rain alternat... more


The NFL's supplemental draft will have more juice than usual next month. Former Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander told me on Friday that he is applying for the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft after being ruled academically ineligible for his se... more


EAGAN, Minn. -- There was an audible reaction inside the Minnesota Vikings' new indoor practice facility as Kirk Cousins' pass evaded All-Pro safety Harrison Smith's reach and connected with Adam Thielen, who has been seeing throws like these from hi... more

Adrian Peterson isn't posting crazy workout videos just to gain more Twitter followers. The one-time NFL MVP hopes teams are watching, too, as he awaits an opportunity to get off the free-agent market and prove he can still be an elite running bac... more


How do NFL executives, scouts and coaches rank the quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft? No two boards are going to be the same, especially in a class as muddled at the top as this one. But here's my best effort at a composite for the league, based o... more

One year ago, Reuben Foster's draft stock was tumbling, and not just because of a banged-up shoulder and a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine, from which Foster was sent home after a confrontation with a hospital worker . Foster's reputati... more

The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. ET on April 26 in Dallas. And while the most elite prospects are all but guaranteed to hear their names called on opening night of this three-day event, the back half of Round 1 could feature som... more


ORLANDO, Fla. -- While the focus will be on a proposed rule change regarding catches, the NFL's Competition Committee's presentation at the Annual League Meeting will also tackle a significant player safety issue. The committee will introduce an... more

While the NFL world awaits the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes and the destinations of notable names such as Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, Jimmy Graham, Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins and Malcolm Butler, here's a look at some of the lower-profile free agen... more


Two months before the 2018 NFL Draft, the evaluation is far from finished on any prospect, especially quarterbacks. Nobody has gotten a detailed medical report. Many coaches haven't dug into tape. Even scouts who have tracked players over the past... more

NFL teams are about to be bombarded with data that could change the way they scout opponents and evaluate free agents. The NFL's Competition Committee recently signed off on a plan to release in-game player-tracking data on every NFL player to all... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The last in a rambling series of questions from former punter-turned-media maven Pat McAfee elicited the most memorable line in Frank Reich's public debut as the Indianapolis Colts' head coach. Do you hate or love Josh McDaniels fo... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- This was about the Patriots, not the Colts. When Josh McDaniels went to Gillette Stadium on Tuesday morning, he was there to clean out his office and say goodbye, sources with knowledge of his thought process told Instead,... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- There are a lot of unknowns when you face a Bill Belichick defense, especially with an extra week to prepare for the NFL's grandest stage, and Philadelphia Eagles coaches tackled them in a meeting last week. If they decide to double... more


Ever wish you had the access of a highly connected NFL reporter? Well, now you do! Sort of. Submit your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskedAndAnswered . @TomPelissero will select the best submissions and work to find an answer. By how m... more

Chris Foerster heard it over and over during 60 days of intensive inpatient drug and alcohol treatment: Just replay the tape in your mind. It's like breaking down game film, as Foerster did hundreds of times over 36 years as a college and NFL assi... more

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars nose tackle Marcell Dareus says he'll have no problem sharing some hugs and laughs with his old Buffalo Bills teammates before Sunday's wild-card playoff game . But when it comes to the people who shipped... more

Which wild-card team has the best shot to pull off an upset this weekend? I asked that question to several high-ranking personnel men with NFL franchises that don't play in the opening round of the playoffs, and all of them mentioned the same team,... more


As the 2016 NFL season wound down, the job most coveted by practically every head coach and general manager candidate I spoke to was with the Indianapolis Colts. The opportunity to build around a rising stud quarterback in Andrew Luck was a rare an... more

A panel of media members votes on the NFL's recognized awards, which will be handed out during NFL Honors festivities the night before Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. But what if the league's top evaluators voted instead? My third annual early survey... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hasn't shied away from the magnitude of Sunday's showdown with the New England Patriots. There's a good chance it'll determine the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and thus the venue for a potential rematch in... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Hundley was eating lunch at his locker Wednesday when dozens of reporters and cameras swarmed to wait for the guy at the next stall over, leaving Hundley to snake his way through the crowd to a quieter spot in the Green Bay... more

After taking the uncharacteristic step of firing Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese this past week, New York Giants co-owner John Mara said the team ideally will follow the traditional process for replacing them: First, hire a new GM. Then, give the GM a say... more

Each of the past five seasons, an NFL team has started 5-6 or worse and made the playoffs. That list includes the 2016 Packers, 2015 Redskins, 2014 Panthers, 2013 Chargers and 2012 Redskins. So if this streak is to continue in 2017, which of the te... more


MINNEAPOLIS -- Six weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings were 2-2, had just lost stud running back Dalvin Cook to a season-ending knee injury and then watched quarterback Sam Bradford drag his bad knee through an ugly first half in a Monday night game at... more

Ben McAdoo said the New York Giants had a "brutally honest" meeting in the days after their latest embarrassing defeat dropped them to 1-8. There are sure to be more meetings -- all the way to the top of the organization -- as McAdoo and company try... more

Ten years ago, NFL offenses were running roughly one third of plays out of "11 personnel" -- one back, one tight end and three receivers -- which has since become the league's base offense. By 2013, when NFL-wide scoring peaked at 23.4 points per g... more

NEW YORK -- Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott's seemingly endless string of legal timeouts ran out Thursday, when a three-judge panel with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals swiftly denied his request for another injunction, allowing the NFL to... more

Ever wish you had the access of a highly connected NFL reporter? Well, now you do! Sort of. Submit your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskedAndAnswered . @TomPelissero will select the best submissions and work to find an answer. This week's... more


As Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott and his legal team await their latest court appearance Monday in New York, they've dropped their parallel legal fight against his six-game suspension -- at least for now. The NFL Players Association did not fi... more

By any measure, Sean McVay was a unique head coaching candidate a year ago: He was 30 years old, already three years into his role as Washington Redskins offensive coordinator, an experienced play-caller, the product of a football family, a fantastic... more

We're six weeks and change into the NFL season, and the list of teams that have lost their best player to injury keeps getting longer. But it wasn't until Aaron Rodgers' broken collarbone in last weekend's loss at Minnesota that the man down for... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shock. Denial. Pick whatever word you want, it was there in the Green Bay Packers' locker room after Aaron Rodgers' potentially season-ending injury in Sunday's 23-10 loss at Minnesota twisted what looked like an early path towards S... more

By now, it's clear Ben Roethlisberger wasn't writing himself off when he suggested, "Maybe I don't have it anymore," after throwing five interceptions in the Steelers' surprising, 30-9 home loss to the Jaguars last Sunday. No doubt, Roethlisberge... more

A rule that has frustrated NFL coaches and left some rookies behind for years appears to be on the verge of changing. The NFL and the American Football Coaches Association are working toward a deal to overhaul the so-called "May 16 Rule" -- better... more


Geronimo Allison's big play in the Green Bay Packers' win over the Bengals last weekend had Aaron Rodgers thinking back to his initial impression of the second-year receiver. "I remember the first day I watched him at training camp," Rodgers told... more

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Big-money Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has one assisted tackle through two games. He'll miss Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos because of an ankle injury. And with all the changes made by the Bills' new... more

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford remains week to week after a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews confirmed there was no structural damage in his ailing left knee, according to sources with knowledge of the injury. The sources said Andr... more

Bill Belichick is far from the first coach to express frustration with the way changes to the NFL's offseason and practice rules have impacted player development in recent years. But it was hard to miss the irony in his remarks this week, knowing he... more

The NFL denies hiding critical information about the Ezekiel Elliott case and other assertions made in a petition filed Thursday by the NFL Players Association, which is seeking to prevent the league from enforcing any suspension for the Dallas Cowb... more


PHILADELPHIA -- LeGarrette Blount says he's not concerned about his preseason stats. He's not concerned about his weight. And he agrees with Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson that he's going to be a big part of the offense, regardless of whatev... more

PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Long has been active in the community and vocal about social issues for years. But the veteran defensive end says he never got the type of attention he has since he showed support for Philadelphia Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkin... more

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- This has been a pleasantly quiet summer for the Minnesota Vikings, though it's worth remembering there was no drama at this time a year ago, either. Before Teddy Bridgewater blew out his knee days before the preseason finale,... more

CHICAGO -- Mitchell Trubisky's eye-opening preseason debut didn't surprise the Chicago Bears. When people in that organization talk about Trubisky -- the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft who completed 18 of 25 throws for 166 yards, with a touchd... more

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The sun was still ascending before one of the Green Bay Packers' early-morning training camp practices, and Mike McCarthy was tired. He'd driven north to a resort town to squeeze in a birthday visit with his adult daughter a coup... more


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Until the Atlanta Falcons close out their next big game, the "Super Bowl hangover" questions are going to be there. Until Matt Ryan shows his MVP surge last season wasn't an anomaly, and Steve Sarkisian fills the sizeable sho... more

If 2016 was all about Kirk Cousins proving it to the Washington Redskins, 2017 may be the other way around. As expected, Monday's deadline for signing franchise players to long-term deals passed without a pact between Cousins and the Redskins, whos... more

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