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  • Lynch expected to hold out from Seahawks camp

    July 24, 2014

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Marshawn Lynch isn't expected to be present for the first day of the Seattle Seahawks' training camp, close friend and former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday.Appearing on NFL Network, Robinson said he spoke with Lynch and Seattle's star running back plans to hold out of the camp that begins Friday.

  • Cowboys' Romo happy to spend hours nursing back

    July 24, 2014

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Tony Romo paused to add up how long it would take to coddle his surgically repaired back on the first day of training camp.The final tally for the 34-year-old Dallas Cowboys quarterback was about four hours.Romo isn't worried about getting hit. He thinks he can play several more years, even joking Thursday that he'll still be taking snaps when he's 45.

  • Payton: New training camp site 'pretty amazing'

    July 24, 2014

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.The newly completed training site the Saints are using at the luxurious Greenbrier Resort represents a significant change of scenery - and climate - from the club's permanent headquarters, where camp has been held the past five years.

  • Rookie MLB Kennard making early impact

    July 24, 2014

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Jon Beason turned around the New York Giants' defense last season. Jameel McClain was signed as a free agent in March.Not much room on the roster at middle linebacker for a fifth-round pick out of Southern California. So Devon Kennard is making room.

  • Cowboys reach marketing deal with Carnival Cruise

    July 24, 2014

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Carnival Cruise Lines and the Dallas Cowboys are entering a marketing agreement that will expand the ship operator's brand at the team's $1.2 billion stadium and other properties.The largest cruise operator in Texas said Thursday the multiyear deal will include giveaways for fans on game days and sponsorship of the team's training camp show on a regional sports network. The Cowboys had their first camp practices Thursday.

  • Bills DTs Dareus, Branch cleared for practice

    July 24, 2014

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Alan Branch have been cleared for practice after passing conditioning tests.Both players were added to the active roster, according to a list of transactions released by the NFL on Thursday. The Bills were off, and return to practice on Friday at training camp in suburban Rochester.

  • Giants RB Jennings remembers "fat kid"

    July 24, 2014

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Rashad Jennings never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: Jennings was that kid.Now he's the likely starter at running back for the Giants, and he credits his difficult childhood for much of his success.

  • Cowboys LB McClain misses start of camp for trial

    July 24, 2014

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain missed the start of training camp to return to Alabama for trial on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said McClain returned to his home state Wednesday, and the team was hopeful he would get back from Decatur, Alabama, in time for the third day of camp workouts Saturday.

  • Buccaneers expect to be better under Lovie Smith

    July 24, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gathered for the start of their first training camp under Lovie Smith, a self-proclaimed fan of Michael Jackson's music.The struggling franchise's new coach inherited a team that went 4-12 and missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season in 2013.

  • Punished Priefer: 'I went way below the bar'

    July 24, 2014

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings could hardly hold training camp without some kind of controversy or sideshow.This version came with quite the twist: special teams coordinator Mike Priefer in the spotlight.As players unpacked their vehicles carrying necessities and diversions for the three-week stay at Minnesota State University, signing autographs for clamoring purple-clad fans in this annual rite of reporting day, the usual prominent figures stepped to a makeshift podium for questions from the media outside the team's temporary residence.

  • Man charged in death of Peterson's son in court

    July 24, 2014

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has pleaded not guilty for an alleged attack on the boy's mother.Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Patterson was arraigned Thursday in Sioux Falls on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping. He's accused of attacking the mother of Tyrese Ruffin in June and holding her against her will for over an hour.

  • Pack prez hopeful Favre returns for game this year

    July 24, 2014

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Flush with cash, the Packers have a 112,000 name-long waiting list for season tickets filled with die-hards eager to see a team that figures to be an NFC contender for years to come.Under a bright blue sky, Green Bay team brass gave shareholders a rosy forecast Thursday for the future of the NFL's only publicly-owned franchise.

  • Falcons WR White agrees to 4-year extension

    July 24, 2014

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a four-year extension with receiver Roddy White on the eve of training camp on Thursday.Terms haven't been released.With players reporting for camp throughout the afternoon, White was not available for comment.

  • Peterson reports to training camp - with a ring

    July 24, 2014

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson has arrived at training camp with a different look: a ring on his finger.The star running back reported Thursday with the rest of the Vikings to the Minnesota State University campus and confirmed he married his longtime girlfriend, Ashley Brown, just five days earlier. They got engaged July 4, and Peterson called that ''a pretty exciting and explosive night.''

  • Bears aiming high in Year 2 under Trestman

    July 24, 2014

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) - This time last year, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was still something of a curiosity.He was a guy leading an NFL team for the first time as training camp started, plucked from Canada after spending several years out of the league.

  • Raiders CB Hayden to start camp on PUP

    July 24, 2014

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list because he has not recovered from surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.Hayden originally rolled his ankle during the first week of organized team activities in late May. An MRI at the time showed no complications but one taken later at the end of minicamp in June showed the stress fracture.

  • Chris Johnson practices fully with Jets

    July 24, 2014

    CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - CJ2K is feeling A-OK.Running back Chris Johnson was a full participant at practice Thursday for the first time since joining the New York Jets after recovering from offseason knee surgery.''I felt good,'' he said. ''I felt no pain or anything like that.''

  • Gates in camp a day after his sister dies at 22

    July 24, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Antonio Gates joined his San Diego Chargers teammates for the first practice of training camp a day after his 22-year-old sister died after battling lupus for three years.''My strength comes from just me believing in the right things and what I did as a brother,'' Gates said after practice.

  • Geno Smith sharp in Jets' first camp practice

    July 24, 2014

    CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Geno Smith is a changed quarterback.Puzzled pauses in the New York Jets' huddle have been replaced by commanding playcalls. He's also barking out audibles at the line of scrimmage and reading defenses unlike he did at any point during his rookie season.

  • Brady looking to improve in 15th training camp

    July 24, 2014

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Three quarterbacks took turns throwing as the New England Patriots began training camp Thursday.It's the 15th for Tom Brady, the fourth for Ryan Mallett and the first for Jimmy Garoppolo.All had plenty to learn.''It's about making improvements and I think it goes from the guy who's the newest on the team to the guy who's the oldest on the team,'' Brady said. ''I don't think you ever have it all figured out.''

  • Jaguars name Luke Butkus interim O-line coach

    July 24, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have named Luke Butkus interim offensive line coach, tabbing him to fill in for cancer-stricken assistant George Yarno.Yarno left the team last month and returned home to be with his family in Spokane, Washington, while he undergoes treatment.

  • Smith plans to meet soon with Commissioner Goodell

    July 24, 2014

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith expects to sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ''in the near future'' to discuss any potential suspension for his off-field issues.Smith was sentenced last Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges. Smith said he hasn't had time to begin the work yet, and will do so as his time permits.

  • AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto

    July 24, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.The study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto, including one on the waterfront, and another in the suburb of Mississauga, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Bon Jovi and his partners, Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family, have not publicly revealed details of their plans to purchase the team.

  • Manning getting used to new faces on Broncos

    July 24, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Though his physical condition is no longer a big question mark for Peyton Manning, when he looks around at training camp, he must feel like he's starting over again.Manning lined up for his first snaps Thursday behind an offensive line that has been shuffled, in front of a running back who took only about 25 percent of the snaps last year and looking down the line at some pass catchers, who 12 months ago, were either bit players or playing somewhere else.

  • Titans agree with NFL's last unsigned draft pick

    July 24, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with left tackle Taylor Lewan on Thursday, making the 11th overall selection out of Michigan the last of this year's draft picks to reach a deal.The Titans announced the deal Thursday. The Titans report for training camp Friday.

  • Ex-Redskin turns himself in to face assault case

    July 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has turned himself in to police in a domestic violence case.Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Araz Alali says Davis turned himself in Thursday. Police say Davis, who lives in Leesburg, Virginia, is facing a domestic violence simple assault charge. Police say on June 2, Davis confronted a former lover at a restaurant and threw dirt from a plant box at her.

  • Cowboys put Spencer, Leary on active injured list

    July 24, 2014

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have placed defensive end Anthony Spencer and guard Ron Leary on the active physically unable to perform list to start training camp.Both players can practice once they are cleared medically. Spencer is still recovering from knee surgery almost a year ago and Leary has a hamstring injury.

  • Jim Kelly to handle HOF coin toss

    July 24, 2014

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is recovering from cancer treatments, will participate in the coin toss at the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3.The Hall of Famer will represent Buffalo as an honorary captain, while former linebacker Harry Carson will be the New York Giants' honorary captain when the teams face off in the first NFL preseason game.

  • Panthers say QB Newton, DE Hardy ready to practice

    July 24, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Pro Bowlers Cam Newton and Greg Hardy will be ready to practice when the Carolina Panthers take the field for the start of training camp Friday night.The same can't be said of often-injured running back Jonathan Stewart.Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said Newton has been cleared medically following ankle surgery on March 19 and is expected to participate in all drills - which comes as great news for coach Ron Rivera, who is returning from a European vacation.

  • Ravens RB Rice receives 2-game suspension from NFL

    July 24, 2014

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Bengals CB Leon Hall cleared to practice

    July 24, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) - Cornerback Leon Hall jogged toward the right side of the defense and took his customary place, matched against receiver Mohamed Sanu. The play was a handoff, so Hall didn't have to do much.That's not what mattered.Hall lined up for the first 11-on-11 play in the Bengals' first practice of training camp on Thursday, an encouraging sign for one of the NFL's top defenses.

  • Authority wanted snow removal priority for NFL

    July 24, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Newly released documents show the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority wanted assurances that the National Football League would get priority plowing in the event of snowfall during Super Bowl week.A draft letter from authority officials obtained by the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/Uvuif7 ) asked mayors of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington to pledge the NFL would have snow removal priority during the 2018 Super Bowl week. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman declined.

  • Panthers sign2 veterans to address offensive line

    July 24, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Panthers have announced they have signed guard Fernando Velasco and center Kevin Matthews, giving Carolina some experienced depth on the offensive line heading into training camp.Velasco has NFL experience, starting 11 games at center for Pittsburgh last season before suffering an Achilles injury. Velasco signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie and spent his first two season on the practice squad. He moved into a starting role in 2012, starting 13 games at center and three at guard.

  • Stark contrasts for RG3 as Redskins open camp

    July 24, 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Instead of engaging in another round of contradictory, back-and-forth podium sessions with Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III stood at the microphone and said he has coaches who believe in him. He implied he wasn't even allowed to do ''the bare minimum'' as a quarterback a year ago.

  • Suspended WR Blackmon arrested on drug complaint

    July 24, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have no plans to part ways with troubled receiver Justin Blackmon.Owner Shad Khan made it clear Thursday that Blackmon will remain on the roster despite his latest arrest.''We want to keep him as a player,'' Khan said following a charity kickoff luncheon at EverBank Stadium. ''He's not part of the team, obviously. But I think it's very important for him to get the help. I think that's the most important thing. ... I think it's good for him and good for us. We want him to get the help and really beat this.''

  • AP source: Gordon to meet with league Aug. 1

    July 24, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns may soon learn whether they'll have Josh Gordon this season.The Pro Bowl wide receiver will have an appeal hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.

  • Demaryius Thomas excused from Broncos camp

    July 24, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Star receiver Demaryius Thomas will miss the first few days of the Denver Broncos' training camp to attend the funeral of the grandmother who helped raise him in Georgia.Thomas attended the Broncos' team meeting Wednesday, a day after his grandmother died, and received permission from coach John Fox to leave for a few days. He's expected to rejoin his teammates Monday.

  • Chiefs welcome back Jamaal Charles

    July 24, 2014

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs welcomed back star running back Jamaal Charles on Thursday for the first day of coach Andy Reid's second training camp at Missouri Western.Charles, who signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday, entered the practice field Thursday to thunderous cheers from fans in attendance.