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Bradford says knee better, return unsure

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford says his left knee is feeling better this week, raising the possibility he'll return from injury after only a one-game absence.

Bradford said he's planning to test the knee in practice Wednesday. He took limited turns last week, because of soreness and swelling. After going through pregame warmups Sunday at Pittsburgh, Bradford was ruled out. Case Keenum took over at quarterback for the Vikings, who lost 26-9 to the Steelers.

Bradford said he hurt the knee in the season opener against New Orleans, when he had a career-best 143.0 passer rating in leading the Vikings to a 29-19 victory over the Saints. Bradford has twice had his left ACL surgically repaired.


Owner: Jets are 'definitely not' tanking

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Christopher Johnson has spent the past 17 years as a trusted confidant behind the scenes for his older brother's New York Jets.

He's now front and center as the man in charge of the franchise that Woody Johnson bought in 2000. And he'd love more than anything to deliver on a dream that would satisfy long-suffering fans - and give him some serious sibling bragging rights.


Gase: Timmons may rejoin Dolphins later

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he'll decide later whether to let linebacker Lawrence Timmons rejoin the team.

Timmons was suspended indefinitely after he went AWOL Saturday, the day before the Dolphins' season-opening win at the Los Angeles Chargers. When asked about violations of team culture, Gase left open the possibility of Timmons returning.


RB Crowell questions Browns' play calls

BEREA, Ohio (AP) While Isaiah Crowell is running, his mind is racing.

As hard as he tries not to focus on his contract situation with the Browns, Cleveland's leading rusher said there's barely a moment when he's not thinking about a future payday.


Ravens delete face-painted Queen tweet

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens posted, then quickly removed, a post on Twitter and Instagram depicting the Queen Elizabeth II wearing face paint of the team logo.

Baltimore is playing its first game in London on Sunday, so the team marked the occasion with the post on Tuesday that showed the Queen peering through a Raven-like mask.


Packers hope WRs Nelson, Cobb can play

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The banged-up Green Bay Packers are starting practice this week with about a dozen players on the injury report.

Receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, along with defensive lineman Mike Daniels were among the notable Packers who left last week's 34-23 loss to Atlanta with injuries.


Bills have concerns about Dareus' ankle

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have concerns about the status of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus heading into Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, Bills coach Sean McDermott said.

Dareus suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 9-3 loss to Carolina. The Bills are counting on a bounce-back season from the 27-year-old, who has just one assisted tackle through two games.


Lewis to Bengals: Next job lost is yours

CINCINNATI (AP) Coach Marvin Lewis warned Bengals players that more changes are coming if they continue to lose, and the next job lost could be theirs.

The Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese a day after their 13-9 loss to the Texans on Thursday night. Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor was promoted and will get his first chance to put his imprint on the offense for a game Sunday at Green Bay (1-1).


Smith unanimously retained as NFLPA head

DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected as executive director of the players' union in a special committee vote.

Under guidelines passed since his last election as NFL Players Association head in 2015, a 14-player selection committee could bypass a full membership election.


Bills bring back S Blanton, DT Coleman

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have reshuffled their defensive depth by signing safety Robert Blanton and tackle Deandre Coleman in preparing to host the Denver Broncos this weekend.

Blanton has five seasons of NFL experience and returns to Buffalo after spending last year with the Bills. He was a free agent after being released by the Dallas Cowboys before the start of this season.

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